Downtown Plan Steering Committee

The Downtown Plan Steering Committee is a temporary committee assembled to advise, inform, and assist throughout the creation and adoption of an area plan for downtown, called the Beyond Tomorrow Downtown Plan that would supersede the 2000 Downtown Tomorrow Plan. The plan will guide development and policy decisions in the downtown for the next 10-20 years.


Amanda PurdomDowntown property owner/Investor, Small business owner
Ben BurtonManhattan Urban Area Planning Board member
Blade MagesDowntown property owner/Investor, Small business owner
Blake BauerDowntown property owner/Investor
Bobbi FrenchDowntown property owner/Investor, Small business owner, Woman-owned business owner, Neighborhood resident (Downtown proper)
Brad SimonssonManhattan Town Center Mall representative
Cindy La BargeDowntown property owner/Investor, Small business owner
Colene LindHistoric Preservation representative
Jocelyn GuilfoyleDowntown Manhattan Inc. Board member
Doug BarrettMinority-owned business owner, Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce representative
Marshall StewartKansas State University representative
George MatthewsNeighborhood resident (South Poyntz)
John MattaCity Commission
Jonathan MertzNeighborhood resident (North Downtown)
Rob DudleySmall business owner
Scott SeelSmall business owner, previous Housing Study Steering Committee member
Wynn ButlerCity Commission


Below is the Steering Committee meeting schedule.

Meeting #1
Friday, December 16, 2022
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
City Commission room, City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Ave.
This meeting is open to the public.
Meeting #1 Agenda
Meeting #1 Minutes
Meeting #1 Presentation


Questions? Contact Email Ben Chmiel, Senior Planner, or call 785-587-2438