The organization of downtown Winchester as a Main Street community is intended to establish consensus and cooperation by building partnerships among the various groups – business, volunteers, and other community groups – that have a stake in our commercial district. The goal is to get everyone working toward the same goal. With this level of collaboration, downtown Winchester provides effective, ongoing management and advocacy for our business district. Through volunteer recruitment and collaboration with partners representing a broad cross section of our community, Winchester Downtown Program Corporation incorporates a wide range of perspectives into our efforts. A governing board of directors and standing committees make up the fundamental organizational structure of this volunteer-driven revitalization program. Volunteers are coordinated and supported by a paid program director. This structure not only divides the workload and clearly delineates responsibilities, but also builds consensus and cooperation among the various stakeholders.
The Winchester Downtown Program Corporation was established in 2008 in response to the selection of Winchester as one of six downtown areas across Tennessee to receive a Courthouse Revitalization Pilot Project Act grant.