A Message from the Director

I would like to personally thank you for your interest in the Hopewell Downtown Partnership, Hopewell’s official Main Street Organization.

This city, rich with history, culture, and community, has a tremendous amount of potential waiting to be unlocked. With little to lose and much to gain I truly believe the Main Street Approach to downtown revitalization will be Hopewell’s key to its future as a cherished, respected, and idealized city once again.

For me, the journey that brought me to Hopewell is one that first took me around the world. From living in a small fishing town in southeast China, studying conflict resolution in the heart of the Middle East, to working for consulting firms and non-profits in Santa Cruz, I have truly come full circle to find a strong passion and affinity in Hopewell and the Main Street program.

Becoming a designated Main Street community in 2011 was a major success and opportunity for Hopewell. The Main Street model embodies the same ideals, character, and integrity that I have grown to appreciate throughout my life’s journey. A focus on entrepreneurs, small mom and pop businesses, historic preservation, and a sustainable way to bring vitality back to the heart of a city are just some of the reasons why this job is so rewarding.

This process of revitalization is not about one person or one group. It is only achieved through collaborations, partnerships, volunteers, and the support of a community – a bottom-up approach that gives the people who live in the city the power to revitalize it. That is why I need your help, your energy, and your leadership to create a program that will finally create the momentum and change that this city has been waiting for.

I hope that you will be a part of this movement and I look forward to working side by side with you along the way.

Sincerely,
Evan Kaufman
Director, The Hopewell Downtown Partnership

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