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. DHDC will work to prevent the deterioration and enhance the viability of the community’s cultural centers, historical landmarks and public infrastructure important to the community’s economic and cultural well-being.
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
Board of Directors
The DHDC Board of Directors meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 11:30am.
The DHDC Executive Committee consists of the board President, Vice President, Past President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The committee meets as is necessary.
Business Recruitment and Retention Committee
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, complementary businesses to Downtown Hays. This committee will work with Downtown merchants, potential business owners, and Grow Hays to actively seek new businesses and keep growing Downtown Hays. Meetings are quarterly and take place on the third Tuesday of March, June, September, and December at 9:15am at Breathe Coffee House.
Physical Improvements Committee
This committee is responsible for pursuing Downtown capital/public improvements. Some of these ideas and projects have been started by DHDC and some will be pulled out of the City Comprehensive Plan. Committee members work closely with the City of Hays staff 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. Meetings take place on the second Friday of every month at Noon.
Branding and Marketing Committee
This committee strives to brand The Bricks in Downtown Hays as a dining, shopping, arts, and entertainment district. This committee is responsible for eNewsletter ideas, website ideas, and other promotional tools such as billboards, radio trivia, and brochures/informational pieces that help brand Downtown Hays. We have come such a long way from the initial focus of DHDC. This committee will consider what has been established and find new and creative ways to market to Hays, travelers, and surrounding communities. This committee will begin meeting in 2021.