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Downtown Update: Mid-Year 2023

Happy Summer, downtown enthusiasts! We are now halfway through 2023, it's a great time to reflect on the progress Downtown Mansfield has achieved thus far. The energy and momentum downtown is palpable, and we invite you to join us in our mission to transform downtown Mansfield into a vibrant kaleidoscope of activity. Together, we can continue to nurture its growth, boost local businesses, and create a lasting impact on our community.

The numbers: Let's take a moment to celebrate the milestones Downtown Mansfield has reached in 2023. Here are some exciting statistics that demonstrate the positive trajectory of our downtown area:

  1. 5 New Business Openings: The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Downtown Mansfield, with five new businesses adding their unique flair to our dynamic community.

  2. 159 Events: From lively street festivals to engaging cultural showcases, downtown Mansfield has been a hotbed of activity, hosting a remarkable 159 events that have drawn residents and visitors alike.

  3. 750+ Volunteer Hours: The dedication of our volunteers is awe-inspiring. More than 750 hours of selfless service have been contributed to various projects and initiatives, highlighting the deep commitment to revitalizing downtown Mansfield.

  4. 2200 Flowers Planted: The beauty of our downtown area has been enhanced with the planting of over 2000 vibrant flowers. Their presence not only delights the eye but also signifies the growth and renewal taking place within our community.

  5. 600,000+ Social Media Reach: Our collective voice is being heard far and wide, thanks to the impressive reach of over 600,000 through social media platforms. By engaging with our online community, we're attracting attention and spreading the word about the exciting developments in downtown Mansfield.

  6. $35,000 in Grants Awarded Leveraging $299,000 in Private Investment: Through strategic partnerships and diligent efforts, we've awarded $35,000 in grants for building renovations in downtown, which have been leveraged to attract $299,000 in private investments. These funds are instrumental in fueling the ongoing transformation of our downtown area.

Long-Term Projects for a Thriving Downtown: As we celebrate downtown's accomplishments, it's equally important to recognize the long-term projects that will shape the future of downtown Mansfield. We have been working closely with community partners on several transformative initiatives that will make a significant impact:

  1. Main Street Improvement Project: Enhancing the infrastructure and aesthetics of Main Street will create a more inviting and accessible experience for residents, businesses, and visitors alike.

  2. Downtown Wayfinding System: Navigating downtown Mansfield will become a breeze with the implementation of a comprehensive wayfinding system. Clear signage and information will ensure everyone can explore and enjoy our vibrant community with ease.

  3. Municipal Lot Reimagined: The redevelopment of the municipal parking lot is an exciting project where we are exploring multiple options for the best and highest use of that space.

  4. Linear Park Project: The vision for a linear park will create a green oasis amidst the urban landscape. This transformative project will offer a space for relaxation, recreation, and community gatherings, fostering a sense of unity and connection.

  5. Public Art Projects: Art has the power to inspire and ignite conversation. By incorporating public art installations throughout downtown Mansfield and growing opportunities for public art, we hope to continue to grow the artistic and creative community in downtown Mansfield.

Downtown continues to make strides forward, but our work is far from complete. This is where we need your help. We invite you to consider becoming a member of Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI). As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, DMI is dedicated to harnessing the power of collective energy and creating a sustainable and thriving community. By becoming a member, you play a vital role in the revitalization efforts of our downtown area.

By joining DMI, you contribute to:

  1. Protecting and Strengthening the Tax Base: DMI's initiatives directly impact the tax base, ensuring that the downtown area remains a vibrant economic center. Your support helps safeguard the existing tax revenue and encourages new businesses to thrive, generating additional income for the community.

  2. Increasing Sales and Returning Revenues: DMI's efforts focus on fostering an environment where businesses can flourish. By supporting DMI, you contribute to increased sales for local merchants and entrepreneurs, which, in turn, leads to higher revenue for our community.

  3. Creating a Positive Community Image: Downtown Mansfield is the heart and soul of our community, and a positive image is crucial for its continued growth. DMI strives to enhance our downtown's reputation through innovative projects, events, and initiatives. Your membership helps us showcase the best of what our community has to offer, attracting visitors, businesses, and new investments.

  4. Contributing to the Community Impact: Your support of DMI directly translates into real, tangible results. By becoming a member, you enable us to invest in infrastructure improvements, beautification projects, and community events that enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors alike.

The progress we've witnessed in the first half of 2023 is a testament to the dedication, collaboration, and unwavering spirit of our community. However, our journey is far from over, and we need your continued support. By joining Downtown Mansfield, Inc., you actively contribute to the transformative growth of our downtown area. Your commitment is both essential and tax-deductible, allowing us to continue driving positive change and leaving a lasting impact on our community. Together, let's build a thriving downtown Mansfield—one that showcases the creativity, resilience, and entrepreneurial spirit of our residents. Join us in making a difference and be a part of the exciting future that lies ahead for our beloved downtown area.


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