The DCP is governed by a 15 member board of directors that includes merchants, property owners, city representatives and core committee chairs. Current board includes:
Mark Nisbet, Chair
Tim Flakoll, Vice Chair
NDSU Downtown/Tri College University
Carol Anhorn, Treasurer
Great Plains Integrated Marketing
Cassandra Miller, Secretary
Swanson Health Products
White Banner Uniforms
Northern Home Furniture & Design
Great Northern Bicycle Company
City of Fargo Planning Department
City of Fargo Public Works
NDSU Student Representative
Past Board Chair
Roger Gilbertson, MD
The Downtown Community Partnership (DCP) is a non-profit development corporation for the downtown district of Fargo, ND.
Our Mission is to make Downtown Fargo the coolest place on planet Earth.
Our Vision is to promote and expand the Downtown as the preferred destination with a strong sense of place filled with vibrant culture, art, and commerce. To be the signature destination that provides an extraordinary sense of place for those who call it home and a magnet for worldwide guests.
The DCP’s commitment to downtown dates back to 1969 with the incorporation of the Fargo Park and Shop later becoming the Downtown Business Association. Over the years, the name changed to emphasize a more community approach to downtown revitalization. This mission was expanded beyond traditional retail and special events to take on development challenges facing downtown.
Major initiatives facilitated by the DCP over the years include the adoption of the North Dakota Renaissance Zone, the Broadway Streetscape Improvement Project, Railway Quiet Zone Project and most recently the development of North Dakota’s first Downtown Business Improvement District (BID).
In January 2013, the Board of Directors approved a new Logo as part of a re-branding initiative.
The logo was part of a community wide Logo Design Competition and over 20 designs were submitted. Jessi Larson, a freelance graphic designer and LEED Accredited Interior Designer at Michael J. Burns Architects (MBJA), was named the winner with her design. The new logo features an art design encompassing four main shapes forming a circle. Jessi Larson describes the concept of her winning design: “The color palate was pulled directly from images that represent downtown, the community, and our natural landscape. Grass green, sky blue, harvest orange and wheat yellow. Amping up the intensity of these colors helps to reflect the vibrancy of our downtown community.
Equally part of the ‘re-branding’ is the inclusion of the DCP’s mission verbs: promote, advocate, educate, envision. Each mission verb is assigned a color. When the four colors are combined, as represented in the logo, you achieve a ‘whole’. The logo design is based around the concept of the DCP’s role in helping to make our community ‘whole’ by promoting, advocating, educating, and envisioning”.
The DCP’s office is in the heart of Historic Downtown Fargo.
210 Broadway N #202
Fargo, ND 58102
Our regular business hours are Monday – Friday
1:30pm – 5:00pm
Telephone (701) 241-1570 and Fax (701) 241-8275.
On a daily basis, the DCP is involved in the planning and coordination of events/activities that attracts thousands to downtown and promotes our city center as a healthy and vibrant center. The DCP also leads efforts within the community to shape public policy that advocates the betterment and enrichment of downtown. We serve as the liaison between the private sector and public sector in the processing of applications and permits. The DCP drives initiatives in marketing downtown as vibrant, clean and safe.
The DCP uses the Main Street Approach to downtown revitalization, which incorporates activities in organization, promotions, design and economic restructuring. Each of these combines to build a positive, identifiable image for downtown.
The DCP employs two full-time staff members, one part-time staff members and a street fair consultant. Combined, DCP Staff has over a quarter of a century professional experience in downtown management and development. Our current staff includes:
Michael Hahn, CMSM
Street Fair Consultant