Bridging the past with the future.
The mission of the Downtown Henderson Partnership is to promote, improve and preserve the unique character and economic vitality of downtown Henderson.
The Downtown Henderson Partnership was started in 1986 with the help of the National Main Street program and the Kentucky Main Street Program. The mission of the organization is to promote, improve and preserve the unique character and economic vitality of Downtown Henderson. The Downtown Henderson Partnership uses the four point approach which work together to build a sustainable and complete community revitalization effort.
The Main Street Four Point Approach was developed in 1977 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C. The National Main Street Center has been working with communities across the nation to revitalize historic commercial areas. Based in historic preservation, the Main Street approach was developed to save historic commercial architecture, but has become a powerful economic development tool as well.
The Main Street program is designed to improve all aspects of the downtown, producing both tangible and intangible benefits. Improving economic management, strengthening public participation, and marketing downtown as a fun place to visit is as critical to Main Street’s future as recruiting new businesses, and rehabilitating buildings. Building on downtown’s inherent assets – rich architecture, personal service and traditional values and most of all, a sense of place – the Main Street approach supports entrepreneurship, downtown cooperation and civic concern. Because it is a locally driven program, all initiatives stem from local issues and concerns.
Our primary purpose is to establish historic and commercial districts as economically viable centers of commerce through comprehensive, incremental and coordinated work in four key areas:
Organization – Fundraising and public awareness
Promotion/Marketing – Downtown image development
Design – Physical infrastructure of downtown – historic preservation
Economic Restructuring – Business recruitment and retention