In 2004 Intown Manchester established a new pilot program for maintenance referrals. The idea was simple: if you saw a condition in the downtown area that needed attention, dial the Intown number and we’d log your call and get the wheels in motion to solve the issue. Now, over 10 years later, this former pilot program has become a permanent fixture in Intown’s beautification program! If you see anything whether it be broken glass, a pile of trash, or the like, give our office a call and we will send our maintenance team out to take care of it, or we will call the appropriate City Department!
2004 was the first ever Taste of Downtown Manchester! The Taste of Downtown Manchester is a cross promotional event, where participating restaurants set up sampling stations inside a local retailer. Ticket Purchasers are given a map, and can stroll along downtown while stopping in retail locations to browse & shop as well as sample goodies from a different restaurant at each stop! This has become a flagship Intown event! All of the proceeds from the Taste of Downtown fund downtown beautification projects. This year’s Taste of Downtown will be held on Wednesday, September 14th from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Stay tuned for more details next month!
In 2003, Intown Manchester received grant funding from Fleet Bank and the Bean Foundation to develop an economic study of Downtown Manchester. While the report was not released until 2005, a lot of the vital information of the study was from 2004! We’ll talk more about the study in the next 20 Years of Intown Series: 2005, but there was one informal survey conducted in 2004 that shows the strides Downtown continued to make almost 10 years after the creation of Intown. The “on-the-street” survey, conducted by Intown Manchester and Southern New Hampshire University Students, aimed to determine if attitudes about Downtown were changing. Indeed they were. Almost 50% believed Downtown was cleaner and had improved beautification and flowers. The majority of survey takers also agreed that Downtown felt safer than the year before!