Special to The Hays Daily News

The Downtown Hays Development Corp. has made strides towards becoming the premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination it first envisioned more than 10 years ago when it began the amazing journey of revitalization.

With the continued support of the city of Hays and its community members, DHDC is planning for future development and growth in the heart of Hays.

Its annual Partnership Program has been a success, and organizers are working to keep it growing. The private funds raised help leverage our public investments to continue making improvements in the historic downtown district. Just as the cornerstones of a building are important to its overall strength and stability, the Partnership Program for DHDC will provide long-term strength and stability for downtown Hays.

DHDC invites participants to join the 2015 Partnership Program. For more information on how to become a partner, contact a DHDC board member or call the office at (785) 621-4171.

DHDC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The mission of DHDC is to foster awareness and promote downtown Hays as a vibrant center of commerce, recreation, arts, government and history that serves the people of Hays, the surrounding region and visitors from around the world.

The DHDC will work to prevent the deterioration and enhance the viability of the community's cultural centers, historical landmarks and public infrastructure important to the community's economic and cultural well-being.