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1200 Main Street, Ste 102

Downtown Hays, Kansas

M-F 8:30a-5:30p


Economic Partners

Proud Members

Downtown Hays Development Corporation (DHDC)

Downtown Hays Development Corporation (DHDC) is a 501c3 created in 2001. We strive to be the binding force and catalyst for organizations impacting Historic Downtown Hays. DHDC represents Downtown Hays through open communication and strategic planning which enhances and secures the quality of life in the community. Our organization fosters awareness by recognizing, communicating, and celebrating the accomplishments of Downtown Hays. 


The mission of DHDC is to foster awareness and promote Downtown Hays as a vibrant center of commerce, recreation, arts, government, and history that serves the people of Hays, the surrounding region, and visitors from around the world.


All meetings of DHDC take place inside the Downtown Visitor's Center at 1200 Main Street, Suite 102 unless otherwise noted. If you would like to attend a meeting, join a committee, or get more information, please email [email protected]


Board of Directors

The DHDC Board of Directors meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 3:30pm.

Executive Committee

The DHDC Executive Committee consists of the board President, Vice President, Past President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The committee meets as is necessary.

Business Relations & Retention/Strategic Recruitment Committee

Meets Quarterly

This committee is responsible for aiding in the retention of Downtown Hays businesses. This committee will develop and execute programs in which we as a board can learn about current businesses and what voids we need to fill in Downtown. This committee also aids in the recruitment of new, complimentary businesses to Downtown Hays. This committee will work with Downtown merchants and potential business owners to seek new business and keep Downtown Hays growing and active. 

Physical Improvements Committee

Meets Quarterly

This committee is responsible for pursuing Downtown capital/public improvements. Committee members work closely with the City of Hays staff and others to design and implement the necessary improvements for Downtown Hays. Such projects may include researching aesthetic improvements such as street lights, new street signs and landscaping. 

Events Oversight Committee

Meets Quarterly, Individual event committees meet as needed for planning

This committee will be responsible for selection of DHDC events, including the introduction of new events. Each event we host will have its own (sub)committee dedicated to the event’s planning and execution. The specific event committees will be chaired by one representative from this Oversight committee, with remaining members being recruited from our Board and the community. Members of this committee will think of new ways to bring people Downtown and how we can keep the community's shopping dollars local. Current events slated for 2024 include: Brews on the Bricks (June), Wines & Steins (September), Farm to Fork (October), Frostfest (tree lighting and Parade (Nov/Dec). New events may be added to the list by this committee. 

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