Downtown Committees

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Downtown Kenosha is one of just 36 Wisconsin Main Street Program communities. As such, we are committed to preserving and revitalizing our historic neighborhood by following the National Main Street Center's Four Point Approachâ„¢, which operates through four volunteer committees.

You can make a difference in your community by joining one of Downtown Kenosha, Inc.'s committees. Committee members meet monthly at various Downtown business locations and work together to implement Downtown's annual Work Plans. Learn more about the committees below, and email us for more information or to join a committee. Also be sure to join our Volunteer Group on Facebook.

DESIGN COMMITTEE

Improving the look of the street and ensuring accessibility
Design means getting Main Street into top physical shape and creating a safe, inviting environment for shoppers, workers, and visitors. It takes advantage of the visual opportunities inherent in a commercial district by directing attention to all of its physical elements: public and private buildings, storefronts, signs, public spaces, parking areas, street furniture, public art, landscaping, merchandising, window displays, and promotional materials. Design activities also include instilling good maintenance practices in the commercial district, enhancing the district's physical appearance through the rehabilitation of historic buildings, developing sensitive design management systems, educating business and property owners about design quality, and long-term planning.

Design Committee meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month.
NEXT MEETING DATE: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the DKI office, 812 56th Street

PROMOTION COMMITTEE

Growing the customer base and marketing our existing businesses
Promotion takes many forms, but the goal is to create a positive image that will rekindle community pride and improve consumer and investor confidence in your commercial district. Advertising, retail promotions, special events, and marketing campaigns help sell the image and promise of Main Street to the community and surrounding region. Promotions communicate your commercial district's unique characteristics, business establishments, and activities to shoppers, investors, potential business and property owners, and visitors.

Promotion Committee meets the 4th Monday of the month.
NEXT MEETING DATE: Monday, January 23, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the DKI office, 812 56th Street

ORGANIZATON COMMITTEE

Fundraising, recruiting volunteers, and spreading the word
Organization establishes consensus and cooperation by building partnerships among the various groups that have a stake in the commercial district. Through volunteer recruitment and collaboration with partners representing a broad cross section of the community, your program can incorporate a wide range of perspectives into its efforts.

Organization Committee meets the 3rd Monday of the month.
NEXT MEETING DATE: Monday, January 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the DKI Office, 812 56th Street

ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING COMMITTEE

Keeping businesses open and filling available properties
Economic restructuring strengthens your community's existing economic assets while diversifying its economic base. This is accomplished by retaining and expanding successful businesses to provide a balanced commercial mix, sharpening the competitiveness and merchandising skills of business owners, and attracting new businesses that the market can support. Converting unused or underused commercial space into economically productive property also helps boost the profitability of the district. The goal is to build a commercial district that responds to the needs of today's consumers while preserving the historic character of our neighborhood.

Economic Restructuring Committee meets the 4th Tuesday of the month.
NEXT MEETING DATE: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at PUBLIC Craft Brewing Co., 716 58th Street

LINKS

Wisconsin Main Street Program
National Main Street Center