- The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returned to Manchester for the first time in nearly 50 years in 2003! The circus continues to be a large part of the Downtown events calendar each year, thanks to the Verizon Wireless Arena!
- In 2003 Intown Manchester received three awards from the Northeast Economic Developers Association (NEDA)! They were: Superior award for Intown’s Downtown Manchester Map and Guide, award of Excellence for the business-recruitment guide Manchester the Queen City, Where History Meets Opportunity; and merit for Intown’s website at the time!
- In the Spring of 2003, Red Sox owner Larry Luchino signed a waiver allowing Manchester to be the future home of a minor-league baseball team. As Mayor Baines said at the time, this deal was more about baseball, it was about economic development. Looking ahead to 2016, it sure was!
- In 2003, Intown began a pilot program to combat graffiti in Downtown. The graffiti problem isn’t just a Manchester issue, let alone a Downtown issue, but it is frequent nonetheless. In 2003, Intown saw the need for assistance to downtown property owners, so began our graffiti removal services. While graffiti is a huge issue, it, of course, is one of many beautification services Intown provides. And one of the most labor intensive!