Graham Copeland, the Principal of Downtown Dynamics, collaborates with municipal leaders and community stakeholders to help revitalize local communities and stimulate economic growth. He draws from an expertise in economic development and revitalization gained from over 30 years of experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
Graham serves as the part-time Economic Development Specialist for Upper Dublin Township, in Montgomery Co, PA, responsible for the revitalization of the aging suburban Fort Washington Office Park.
Previously Graham was the Executive Director of two downtown Business Improvement Districts. At Old City District, in the renowned historic-turned-arts-technology-entertainment district in Center City Philadelphia, he managed the BID’s strategy and planning, program development, implementation and operations. Earlier, Graham was the Executive Director of Main Street Highland Park, a downtown BID in Central New Jersey, where he led the community-based revitalization program through its early stage growth.
He began his career in the brokerage and development of commercial real estate. Based on this private sector experience and market focus, he models downtown district management after retail center management, adapted to the unique needs of each commercial corridor.
Graham’s roots are in the National Main Street Center’s “Four Point Approach” to downtown revitalization. He received industry education at the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, the New Jersey Downtown Revitalization Management Institute and the Philadelphia Citizens Planning Institute. Graham regularly attends the International Downtown Association conference and maintains a large network of relationships with peer downtown district managers.