Board of Directors & Staff

Downtown Manhattan Inc.

President: Nathan Bergman, Principal Engineer at Bartlett & West

Vice-President: Mary Fischer, Owner of Gaia Salonspa

Treasurer: Brad Simonsson, General Manager of Manhattan Town Center

Board Members at Large:

Lindsay Hufnagel: Owner of The Boutique/Pine & Plaid

Rick Munson: Owner of Gatherings at 313

Dan Crouch: Principal at BBN Architects

Kate Narrow: Owner of Danenburg Jewelers

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

Brooksie McCarty: Administrative Assistant, DMI

Steve Still: Groundskeeper, DMI


Downtown Manhattan, Inc.
Goals and Objectives

  • Initiatives
    • Open Container by Special Event Permit
    • Carriage rides pick up/drop off shelter
    • Initiate Neighborhood Revitalization Program with Community Development
    • Linear Trail Access from Downtown (for event utilization and patron/visitor use)
    • Riverfront Development (long-term)
  • Organizational Processes and Efficiencies
    • Friends of the Neighborhood Associate membership program
    • Process and procedure documentation for all staff
    • Grants for beautification, banner and flag program, community movement events, and public art projects
  • Partnerships, Sponsorships and Collaborative Efforts
    • Partner with City Administration and BBN to redesign city plaza
      • Start a focus group for plaza programming
    • Develop a streamlined permitting process for road closures with the City
    • Work with Public Works to develop a process for use of public rights-of-way in the district
    • Public Art: liaison between AHAB, AHA, Incite MHK, other organizations and downtown stakeholders
    • Continue to work with Parks and Rec on projects including:
      • Metal banner art competition
      • Event collaboration and logistics
  • Events, Programming and Management
    • Execute PlayMHK to promote physical activity and movement in Manhattan
    • Start a focus group for plaza programming
    • Develop a sponsorship program for event support
    • Pilot open container event at Third Thursdays
    • Develop alleyway murals project with private partnerships
      • Identify locations
      • Identify funding sources
    • Rebrand Pink Up the Pace 5K