INVITATION TO JOIN
You can join the Downtown Hutchinson Revitalization Partnership, Inc. (DHRP) and help us work to maintain Downtown Hutchinson as the Heart of Our Community. DHRP is organized under the Kansas Main Street Program, which requires four active working committees, Design, Economic Restructuring, Organization, and Promotion, under the direction of the board. Each of these committees has jobs and responsibilities to help DHRP work towards the revitalization of Hutchinson’s Main Street area.
The Design Committee is responsible to shape the physical image of Main Street as a place attractive to shoppers, investors, business owners, and visitors. The committee must persuade business, property owners, and civic leaders to adopt a specific approach and agenda for physical improvements to buildings, businesses, and public spaces.
- Educate others about good design.
- Provide good design advice for private and public properties.
- Develop plans for Main Street development.
- Motivate others to make changes by creating incentives and targeting key projects.
Main Street buildings and public space infrastructure will be in top shape. There will be an inviting atmosphere created through window displays, parking areas, signs, sidewalks, streetlights, and landscaping.
This committee promotes the downtown as the center of commerce, culture, and community life to residents and visitors.
- Understand the market as it is today for both shoppers and competition.
- Identify downtown assets; people, buildings, heritage, and institutions.
- Define Mainstreet’s market niche; its unique position in the marketplace.
- Create new image campaigns and retail promotions and special events to attract people downtown.
A strategy of advertising, retail promotional activity, special events, and marketing campaigns by local volunteers sells the image and promise of Main Street to all prospects.
ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING COMMITTEE
The ER Committee must identify new market opportunities for the traditional commercial district, find new uses for historic commercial buildings, and stimulate investment in property.
- Learn about the district’s current economic condition and identify opportunities for market growth.
- Strengthen existing businesses and recruit new businesses.
- Find new uses for historic buildings.
- Develop financial incentives and capital for building rehabilitation and business development.
- Monitor the economic performance of the district.
New uses such as housing will be found for existing properties. The expansions of existing businesses and the recruitment of new businesses to respond to today’s market will convert Main Street spaces into productive property and sharpen the competitiveness of business enterprises.
The Organization Committee must manage the financial and logistical aspects of the partnership. That includes raising money, recruiting volunteers, and conduct the annual membership campaign.
Everyone will be working towards the same goal.