DHDC Announces Resignation

The Downtown Hays Development Corporation (DHDC) announces Traci Stanford has resigned as the Executive Director due to career relocation. Stanford’s husband Jerrod, former Graduate Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at FHSU, accepted the position of Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Lane College in Jackson, TN.
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“I am so blessed to have been able to work for the DHDC and to give back to the heart of the community,” stated Stanford “Downtown is my absolute favorite thing about Hays, and we are truly going to miss being part of this wonderful community!”

Stanford has worked for the DHDC since May of 2011. She is a graduate of FHSU and started her career in Downtown Hays. Stanford’s last day will be September 20th, just shortly after the annual DHDC fundraiser, Wines & Steins which takes place on Saturday, September 14th. The DHDC would like to thank Stanford for her dedication and impact to the community and wishes her and her family the best in their future endeavors.

“Though we are saddened to lose Traci, both as Executive Director of the DHDC and as a member of our community, we wish her and Jerrod the very best as they take this very exciting next step in their lives.” stated DHDC President Sandy Jacobs “She has done so much to advance our beautiful Downtown! She has worked to create outstanding annual events, engaged our businesses in the Downtown and led our organization to a much stronger financial position. As a result of Traci’s leadership her successor will be joining a dynamic, thriving and robust organization.”

The DHDC is a non-profit organization whose mission 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.

Questions about the Executive Director position can be directed to 785.621.4171,
dhdc@downtownhays.com or www.DowntownHays.com.

  • Steve

    No big loss. We can all see all the still empty buildings after 12 years of taxpayer investment. Hopefully the whole agency will go away with her!

  • John Doe

    What Downtown development needs to do is get more bars and local small restaurants down there. Make it a more exciting place to hang out. I’m pretty sure we don’t need any more Art Galleries. I don’t know one person that has set foot in any one of those art galleries.

  • hmmmm

    I thnk the downtown area has made some progress, but it needs to be more appealing to draw people down there. I enjoy seeing the art galleries, and small shops, but I agree with John Doe, if there would be a few small eating places down there, or some small pub type places I believe more people would go. Maybe even a German atmosphere with German beers and food. Look at Gellas, and The Brass Rail they seem to keep the doors open.

  • Beth Wallace

    I guess John Doe hasn’t met one of the 2,000 Hays residents that regularly attend an Art Walk.

  • John Doe

    Those 2,000 people are only there for the free booze.

  • bosco

    Downtown is a dinosaur. no matter how much money you throw at it. quick kicking a dead horse.

  • Eateries in Downtown

    Augustine’s Bakery (serves lunch daily, including a German day)
    Chinese Food Express
    Daylight Donuts (which also serves lunch)
    Golden Q
    Pams Bakery Shop (technically part of downtown)
    Sake2Me Sushi
    Soda Shoppe (serves lunch daily)
    Taco Shop
    Sip N Spin

  • Stick with what Works

    It would be sad to see the art walk go away. It is one of the few, free, events that cater to a non-college crowd. Gella’s is a hit because people over 40 can enjoy a decent beer without a college sports bar atmosphere.
    Hays is a small town that doesn’t have much draw beyond the college and interstate. Based on what is successful, and desired, put a bar that is the same as all the others or pizza place in every storefront. Fat and drunk…that is the Hays trademark.