Board of Directors

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
Xcel Enrgy

Tim Flakoll, Vice Chair
NDSU Downtown/Tri College University

Carol Anhorn, Treasurer
Great Plains Integrated Marketing

Cassandra Miller, Secretary
Kilbourne Group

Doug Anderson
Swanson Health Products

Josie Danz
Zandbroz Variety

Lee Dobrinz
JLG Architects

Mary English
White Banner Uniforms

Michael Erickson
Sandford Health

Jake Joraanstad
Myriad Mobile

Travis Koch
US Bank

Cari Luchau

Sheila Hanson
Northern Home Furniture & Design

Tom Smith
Great Northern Bicycle Company

Brad Wimmer
Wimmer's Diamonds


Melissa Sobolik
City Commission

Derrick LaPoint
City of Fargo Planning Department

Mark Williams
City of Fargo Public Works

Nicole Holden

Jacob Dailey
NDSU Student Representative

Steve Stoner
Past Board Chair

Roger Gilbertson, MD
Sanford Health

About Us


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.

New DCP Logo

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. 

What We Do

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
(701) 298-6965

Sam Olson
Communications Coordinator
(701) 364-9867

Randy Meyer
Accountant/Business Manager
(701) 241-1570

Stephanie Holland
Street Fair Consultant
(701) 451-9062