• 120 E. Laurel Street, Garden City, KS 67846  -  620.276.0891   |  
  • Garden City Downtown Vision continues to promote Downtown Garden City as a business and industry hub, providing places for individuals to carry out day-to-day business, shop, live, entertain, connect and eat. We strive to promote the central business district as the community’s cultural and social center.

    2015 Annual Report

     

    Our Vision

    Historic Downtown Garden City is the regional destination in southwest Kansas for unique shopping opportunities, dining, healthcare, arts and entertainment.

    Fully occupied and renovated buildings surrounded by beautiful, clean streetscapes make this an exciting, safe gathering place that houses the community’s heart and soul.

    The restoration of significant properties strengthen the Downtown’s position as a focal point in the community.

    Our Mission

    Creating opportunities to strengthen Downtown Garden City’s economic base.

    Our Committees

    Downtown Vision has four active committees that help to shape and guide the path of Downtown GC. These committees report monthly to our Board of Directors, who provide direction to the committees and Executive Director. We are always open to new members on our committees. If you’re interested in serving on a committee or on our Board of Directors, please contact the Executive Director at vision@gcdowntown.com.

     

    Board of Directors-3rd Monday at 5:45pm

    Being a member of our Board of Directors involves getting everyone working toward the same goal and assembling the appropriate human and financial resources to implement the Garden City Downtown Vision revitalization program. It oversees the overall fundraising for the organization, the development of all advertising campaigns, manages volunteers, promotes the Downtown Vision program, and builds and maintains coalitions and partnerships with the City, the Chamber, the County, and Economic Development. This group also manages the finances and is considered The Big Picture People.  The Board also conducts the organization’s business meeting that includes approving the consent agenda, previous month’s minutes, and the treasurer’s report. Each committee provides meeting minutes and representatives give a summary report on project updates, volunteer needs, and any requests for additional funding. The President offers comments or addresses other Board concerns and is followed by the Executive Director’s report. The meeting concludes with addressing any old or new business.

    Design Committee-4th Thursday at 5:30 pm

    The Design Committee is responsible for getting Downtown Garden City in top physical shape. Capitalizing on its best assets such as historic buildings and pedestrian-oriented streets is just part of the story. An inviting atmosphere created through attractive window displays, parking areas, building improvements, street furniture, signs, sidewalks, streetlights, green spaces, and landscaping conveys the commercial district in a positive light and describes what the area has to offer consumers and investors. Design activities also include instilling good maintenance practices in Downtown, enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district be rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging appropriate new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and long-term planning.

    Business Development Committee-2nd Tuesday at Noon

    This committee strengthens our core business district’s existing economic assets while expanding and diversifying its economic base. This committee has a key role in the implementation of newly developed Downtown Master Plan. Downtown Vision helps sharpen the competitiveness of existing business owners and recruits compatible new businesses and new economic uses to build a commercial district that responds to today’s consumers’ needs. Converting unused or underused commercial space into economically productive property also helps boost profitability of Downtown. This committee is also tasked with targeting specific properties or development projects in the Downtown District. They work with individual investors and developers in an advisory capacity, as a representative of the goals and ideals of the organization and the district as a whole. The committee works closely with all other downtown committees to move the development project forward.  This committee creates a road map for the identified project while matching potential investors with property &/or developers, and educates and advises on the various incentives and programs available to them to insure the sustainability of said project.

    Promotions Committee-2nd Thursday at 5:30 pm

    The Promotions Committee sells a positive image of Downtown Garden City and encourages consumers and investors to live, work, shop, play, and invest in the Main Street district. By marketing Downtown’s unique characteristics to residents, investors, business owners, and visitors, an effective promotional strategy forges a positive image through advertising, retail promotional activities, special events, and marketing campaigns carried out by local volunteers. These activities improve consumer and investor confidence in the district and encourage commercial activity and investment in the area.