The Downtown St. Charles Partnership, Inc. (DSCP) is a volunteer-driven, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the ongoing revitalization of Downtown St. Charles.
The mission of the Downtown St. Charles Partnership is to enhance the economic viability and preserve the character and beauty of Downtown St. Charles. The DSCP accomplishes its objectives through the work of a four person staff, four standing committees, and a Board of Directors.
The DSCP has been instrumental in the revitalization efforts in Downtown St. Charles and looks forward to continuing these efforts. Our focus is to build on the foundation in place to ensure that the City’s central business district is a source of beauty and economic strength for years to come.
Main Street, also known as IL Route 64, a major east-west road from Chicago to the Mississippi River, runs through the city of St. Charles and has long been the main thoroughfare for people travelling into Downtown St. Charles, as well as connecting the east and west sides of the city. Once the central hub of commerce and development, Main Street in St. Charles, like many communities, saw a decline in activity as businesses left for the large shopping centers, and community preservation took a back seat.
The need for downtown revitalization was clear and, in 1992, a group known as the Friends of Downtown St. Charles Inc. formed and began its affiliation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This group was established by the Downtown Committee of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, and evolved to become a dedicated organization of volunteers focused on the preservation and revitalization of historic Downtown St. Charles. Partnerships with city government and civic groups were formed to expand the scope of the organization’s efforts.
In 1994, the organization adopted a new identity as the Downtown St. Charles Partnership, Inc. (DSCP). In 1996 the DSCP became part of the Illinois Main Street Program under the office of the Lieutenant Governor. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the DSCP kept its affiliations with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Illinois Main Street until 2012. The framework for the DSCP is based on the national program’s Four Point Approach to revitalization.
As a volunteer-driven organization, the Downtown St. Charles Partnership accomplishes our objectives through the work of four standing committees:
Each committee focuses on a different area of support for downtown economic development and revitalization. Monthly meetings keep the groups focused on their objectives, while smaller task forces are often created to handle specific projects.
In addition, there are three special events committees, which organize the DSCP annual events: The St. Patrick’s Parade, held the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day; The St. Charles Fine Art Show, which takes place Memorial Day weekend; and Holiday Homecoming, held the weekend following Thanksgiving.
We always welcome new committee members, and invite you to read more about each committee’s objectives and initiatives to find the one that is right for you. Please complete an Interest Inventory so that we can add you to our list and keep you informed about committee meetings and initiatives. If you’re not sure which committee to join, complete the form, indicating your interests, and we’ll be happy to help.
If you’d like to volunteer but can’t commit to regular meetings, check out other volunteer opportunities.
Chris Woelffer, President – STC Capital Bank
Chris Prieve, Vice President – Prieve & Associates
Paul Lencioni, Treasurer – Blue Goose Market
Tom Mahaffey, Secretary – Larson & Darby Group
John Hughes, Past President – St. Charles Resident
Neil Shah, Student Representative – STC East HS
Hannah Smiley, Student Representative – STC North HS
Trish Beckjord, Ex Officio – St. Charles Park District
Craig Larsen, St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, AHC Advisors
Steve Martin, Ex Officio – Convention & Visitors Bureau, First State Bank
Todd Bancroft, Ex Officio – St. Charles City Council
Fred Norris, Ex Officio – Historic Preservation Commission
Mark Koenen, Ex Officio – City of St. Charles, City Administrator
Pam Bierman – Doc Morgan, Inc.
Alex Tyler – Goldfish Swim School
Mike Frasier – The Wine Exchange
James Petterec – J.P. Jewelers
Marwan Taib – Spotted Fox/Charleston on the River
Lynne Schwartz – Executive Director
Jenna Sawicki – Marketing & Development Coordinator
Jake Anderson – Events Coordinator
Ellyn Calay – Office Manager
Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau
River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles
St. Charles Art Council
St. Charles Chamber of Commerce
St. Charles Park District
St. Charles Public Library
St. Charles Heritage Center