Board of Directors & Staff

Downtown Manhattan Inc.

President: Brad Simonsson, General Manager of Manhattan Town Center

Vice-President: Dan Crouch, Principal at BBN Architects

Treasurer: Lindsay Hufnagel, Owner of The Boutique/Pine & Plaid

Board Members at Large:

Jocelyn Guilfoyle: Manager of Bling

Ben Motley: Owner of Pool House Kitchen & Bar

Rick Munson: Owner of Gatherings at 313

Kate Narrow: Owner of Danenburg Jewelers

Kinzie Jo Nelson: Owner of GloSpa

Alyn Pennington West: Owner of Strecker Nelson West Gallery & Custom Frames

Ex-Officio Board Members:

Jason Hilgers: Deputy City Manager for the City of Manhattan

Amanda Smeller: Planning and Special Projects Director for Riley County

Ben Sigle (Community Member at Large): Owner of Manhattan Running Company


Gina Scroggs: Executive Director, DMI

Audra Schenk: Office Manager, DMI

Danielle Parson: Event Coordinator, DMI

Donovan Barber: Groundskeeper, DMI


Downtown Manhattan, Inc. Goals and Objectives

  • Covid19 Responses
    • Support local, state and CDC mitigation practices to keep Downtown safe for employees and the public
    • Maintain media platforms that reflect Covid19 updates and impacts to business
    • Seek Covid19 recovery grants and shared marketing opportunities to boost revenue
    • Maintain active role as member of the Regional Task Force
    • Respond quickly to the downtown business community with current financial relief packages and programs and subsequent instructions.
    • Advocate for projects and initiatives that provide real economic relief and recovery
  • Initiatives Within Five Years
    • Assist in long term Economic Recovery by promoting and advocating for the downtown district through any and all viable opportunities
    • Open Container by Special Event Permit
    • Downtown Improvement Projects (Dream Big Long Range Planning Committee)
    • Initiate/participate Neighborhood Revitalization Program
    • Linear Trail Access from Downtown (for event utilization and patron/visitor use)
  • Organizational Processes and Efficiencies
    • Hire two new part time staff
    • Friends of the Neighborhood Associate membership program
    • Process and procedure documentation for all staff positions
  • Partnerships, Sponsorships and Collaborative Efforts
    • Partner with City Administration and BBN to redesign city plaza
      • Start a focus group for plaza programming
    • Work with Public Works to develop a process for use of public rights-of-way during construction
    • Work with Parks and Rec on mutual projects including a new event, Play MHK
  • Events, Programming and Management
    • Transition or restructure events to meet Covid19 mitigation requirements
    • Execute PlayMHK event with key partners; CVB, City of Manhattan and Aggieville
    • Develop a sponsorship program for event support
    • Develop alleyway murals project with private partnerships
      • Identify locations
      • Identify funding sources
    • Rebrand Pink Up the Pace 5K