Client Testimonials

In the Words of Our Clients…
 “Passionate and Focused”
“Jay and the DPN team came into our community, at our request, because we needed direction and help with research/data. Jay went above and beyond our expectations and led not only our board, but our entire family of organizations (Fort Madison Partners) onto a unified path for the future. We highly recommend DPN’s services, as they show a true passion for fulfilling each of their client’s goals and needs.”
Mary Ottoson
Main Street Director
An Affiliate of Fort Madison Partners
Fort Madison, Iowa
 “Awesome Experience”
“When you find yourself wanting to do a project just to get another chance to work with Jay and the DPN team, you know they’re doing something right! Professional, energetic, knowledgeable… and they made both of our projects a lot of fun for everyone involved.”
Jeff Green
Economic Development Director
City of Groveport
Groveport, Ohio
 “We Learned a Lot…”
“We learned a lot from you and Lisa and I am very confident that, as a result, Grand Haven’s future recruitment efforts will be much more organized and successful. We thought we had a pretty good approach before you arrived but looking back now, I realize how much we were missing. Thankfully, thanks to your market study and recruitment training, we are now much better equipped for the future. We will continue to improve upon what you helped us develop. Thank you so much, Jay, for your training and for giving us that top rating. We are in your debt.”
John Naser
Chairman, Economic Restructuring Committee
Grand Haven Main Street
Grand Haven, Michigan
 “Non-Cookie Cutter”
“We love DPN’s personal, yet very professional and thorough research style. You don’t just get numbers, but an understanding how those numbers fit into your individual story and, more importantly, your specific mode of organization. They care and spend big time with you and your citizens and stakeholders.”
Robert Trezise
President & CEO
Lansing Economic Area Partnership
Lansing, Michigan
 “Excellent Partners”
“We have had the pleasure of working with Jay and the DPN team for many years. They are thorough and willing to go the extra mile to get the job done.”
Thom Guzman
Director
Iowa Downtown Resource Center
Iowa Economic Development Authority
Des Moines, Iowa
 “Useful”
“DPN helped us create a useful planning document that still gets used; not just a report to sit on a shelf. Their ability to bring different personalities to the table to find the common goals was vital to the process.”
Neil White
Executive Director Director
Lincoln Village Business Association
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
 “Client-focused Professionals”
“DPN strives to understand the client’s needs and collaborates with their clients to create actionable solutions. The downtown St. Charles plan’s guiding principles and goals have remained useful even as situations have changed, and the action steps enabled us to set priorities and mark progress.”
Robert Hupp
Director of Community Development
City of St. Charles
St. Charles, Illinois
 “Great Resource”
“DPN worked with our local Main Street program to complete two market analysis studies and to create a business recruitment and retention plan. They not only helped our staff and volunteers walk through the process and collect the necessary information, they also showed us how to put it to work for our community. DPN is a great resource for communities!”
Veronica Litterer
Community Development Director
Charles City Community Revitalization
Charles City, Iowa
 “DPN Helped Our Efforts Immensely”
“Downtown Professionals Network completed an Economic Feasibility Study for our community which we continue to implement pieces of. DPN’s team was friendly, knowledgeable, and immediately established rapport with our various groups. The final report provided contained valuable insights and hands-on suggestions. We recommend DPN without hesitation.”
Kristine Borchers
Executive Director
Lake City DIRT
Lake City, Colorado
 “Outstanding. Professional.”
“DPN is an excellent firm. Their team is highly qualified and always willing to go the extra mile to serve their customers and our communities.”
Jane Seaton
State Coordinator
Main Street Iowa
Iowa Economic Development Authority
Des Moines, Iowa
 “Great Team of Professionals”
“Working with Jay and his team of professionals over five years ago put our Main Street program on the map. We still use the vision document till this day as a guide to direct us towards a better 27th Street here in Milwaukee.”
Keith Stanley
SOHI District Manager
SOHI Main Street Program
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
 “Highly Recommend DPN”
“Our community development committee was left in the dark when our state withdrew funding for the Main Street program several years ago. We visited the National Trust site and found Jay and Lisa with DPN. They visited and provided us with professional advice and services. We have come a very long way in Downtown Louisiana, Missouri since that time – and I credit DPN!”
Cindy Blaylock
Chairperson
Louisiana Economic Development Committee
Louisiana, Missouri
 “Hard-working and Versatile”
“Jay and the DPN team are some of the hardest working consultants that we work with. They’re also very versatile, with first-hand experience in almost all areas of downtown revitalization.”
Jim Engle
Downtown Development Team Lead
Director, Wisconsin Main Street Program
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Madison, Wisconsin
 “Engaging and Fun”
“DPN’s Market Study of downtown Calumet, MI provided critical information required in the development our Main Street program and the revitalization of our community. Just as important was the process utilized. DPN engaged property and business owners and residents in the whole effort. It was fun!”
Tom Tikkanen
Executive Director
Main Street Calumet
Calumet, Michigan
 “Top Notch”
“Highly recommended… Jay and the Downtown Professionals Network team are truly top notch!”
Jeane Babrove Meyers
Executive Director
The Mosaic on Burleigh
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
 “Highly Recommended”
“As a Main Street Iowa Community, we have had the good fortune to work with Jay and his staff at Downtown Professionals Network on a couple of different projects. I have had excellent experiences every step of the way, and our projects have proven invaluable to our local efforts. Thank you Jay, and everyone at DPN!”
Jeannine Burgart
Executive Director
New Horizons Chamber
New Hampton, Iowa
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