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CDDC Launches App

CDDC Launches App
CONCORD, N.C., July 7, 2017 - The Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) has just released an App dedicated to the Downtown Concord experience. This free interactive application is a great resource to both visitors and residents alike. The highlight of the app is a self-guided historic walking tour of Downtown Concord. 

Beacons have been installed at over fifty sites in the immediate Downtown area that will utilize Bluetooth technology to create an interactive tour. Users will need to enable Bluetooth to receive the self-guided walking tour communication. This self-paced tour will inform participants of the history of a particular building with accompanying images of yesteryear. Users will also learn about the businesses that occupy the building present day. 

The self-guided walking tour is a co-sponsored venture of the City of Concord, Historic Cabarrus Association/Concord Museum, Residents of Historic Concord and the CDDC.  Local historian and former Concord City Councilman Jim Ramseur compiled the historic photographs and written histories for all walking tour sites. 

In addition to the walking tour the app features a directory of downtown shops and eateries, galleries and gardens, a listing of upcoming special events, and basic visitor information including parking options. The app will further promote Downtown Concord as a visitor destination. “We anticipate the app will be successful in conveying to visitors the diversity of amenities and experiences found in Downtown Concord, while at the same time providing valuable information to local residents looking for a professional service, a special purchase, or a fun-filled weekend,” says Diane Young, CDDC Executive Director. 

The app was developed by nvisionative, a Mooresville, NC firm who also designed and maintains the CDDC’s current website, www.ConcordDowntown.com. The app is tied directly to the website, allowing information that is updated or added to the website to immediately populate onto the app. “It is awesome to work with a downtown non-profit that has such innovative thinking,” says CEO David Poindexter.  “Utilizing exciting technologies such as iBeacon and web APIs to bring high value to downtown businesses, residents and visitors is absolutely brilliant!”  David further emphasizes, “IoT (Internet of Things) is the way of the future and Downtown Concord is leading the way now for other towns to follow!”

Download the Concord Downtown NC app for free through Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Acknowledgments:
The self-guided walking tour is a co-sponsored venture of the City of Concord, Historic Cabarrus Association/Concord Museum, Residents of Historic Concord and the CDDC.  Local historian and former Concord City Councilman Jim Ramseur compiled the historic photographs and written histories for all walking tour sites.
 
Grateful acknowledgement is given to those who have assisted in this presentation.  Terry Walker Ramseur, Ashley Sedlak-Propst, Mike Anderson, Diane Young, Leslie Kesler, Steve Medlin, Lynn Neal, Patrick Reilly, Tom Ramseur, Sarah Jones, Nancy Fries Faggart, and Ken Griffin. 

References:  A Bicentennial History of Concord by Clarence E. Horton, Jr., The Historic Architecture of Cabarrus County by Peter K. Kaplan, Open The Gate and Roam Cabarrus With Us by Adelaide and Eugenia Lore, The Local History Files of J.E. Ramseur, A Century of Progress – The Concord Telephone Company by Clarence E. Horton, Jr., Downtown Concord Historic District Local Designation Report 2008, Early Medicine in Cabarrus by Jane Harris Nierenberg, An Historical Sketch of Olde Concord 1796-1860 by Clarence E. Horton, Jr., Personality with a Purpose by NorthEast Foundation, Sanborn Fire Maps, Concord City Directories.

The Concord Downtown Development Corporation is committed to fostering continued growth and redevelopment in the Downtown Concord Municipal Service District through promotion, design and business redevelopment.

 

 

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