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The Main Street Grant Program was sponsored and administered by The Hancock Partners. It provided over $200,000 for downtown improvements to storefronts and other buildings in need of a facelift.

It provided a much needed stimulus to the local economy and helped strengthen the economic vitality of the downtown making it more attractive for new business development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Partners were also at the forefront in creating the Economic Development and Revitalization Plan, which was approved by The Hancock Village Board at a special Village Board meeting in 2009. The plan continues to be a guideline in the development of Hancock. 

 

 

One of the very first things the Partners undertook as a 501(c)(3) corporation  was to commission a marketing study of Hancock's opportunities and assets, and to create a strategy that would appeal to visitors, businesses and residents. "Gateway To The Upper Delaware" was a result of that undertaking. Signage incorporating the new slogan was constructed at every access point to Hancock as well as a giant lighted sign in the middle of the village. Above, the Hancock Town Supervisor, Mayor of Hancock, and 4 of the Partners at the unveiling.

 

 

The Partners organized and sponsored their first Fall Festival 9 years ago and it remains a favorite event today. It affords the local craft people and artists, as well as vendors, & local businesses, a chance to expose their wares to a wider audience and presents Hancock in a positive light to visitors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2007, The Partners, along with Professor Kuehn of the State University of New York at Syracuse, and 17 associates, developed a tourism plan tailored specifically to the Hancock area. The plan provided the ground work for the Hancock Area Chamber of Commerce to launch a successful marketing campaign to bring new residents and tourists to Hancock. This is but one example of how the Partners interface with educational, governmental and other non-profit organizations to bring about a positive outcome for the local community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Partners spent 8 years and nearly $1 million dollars developing the Hancock Town Square Project. The Partners purchased the aging Victory supermarket building and lot, and demolished what had become an eyesore, and reminder of tough economic times.

Today, the Hancock Town Square stands as the cornerstone of the new Hancock community. It is as a testament to to the initiative and tenacity of the private individual. No taxpayer money was used in the acquisition, construction  or maintenance of the Hancock Town Square.

Numerous events have been held at the Hancock Town Square. Concerts, fund raisers, class reunions,  and community picnics to name just a few. The French Woods Camp For The Performing Arts has provided much of the top notch musical entertainment enjoyed over the summer at The Hancock Town Square.

A more complete history of the Town Square property can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Partners have organized and sponsored many concerts such as the popular group, Cobblestone Crossing, on the Read Memorial Library lawn, a one night only, world class jazz quintet in the Hancock High School auditorium, and The Family School Show Choir on the front steps of the Hancock High School.

The concerts help enrich the lives of local residents and provide a cultural incentive to young people.

 

 

Cookouts, BBQ's and small town parades have been part of the Partners (and Hancock) since it's inception in 2004. We have sponsored many of them since day 1, and feel small town traditions and values are worth preserving, and are the foundation of a strong and vibrant community.

 

 

Town Square Dedication Oct.5, 2013