Downtown Rutland
The heart of Rutland County.


The Downtown Rutland Partnership’s purpose is to manage, market and maintain the Downtown Rutland Special Benefits District and advance those activities that will improve the vitality of the business community and enhance the cultural and physical climate of the district. Learn more about our staff, organization and committees.

About the Downtown Rutland Partnership

Our purpose is to manage, market and maintain the Downtown Rutland Special Benefits District and advance those activities that will improve the vitality of the business community and enhance the cultural and physical climate of the district.


Steve Peters, Executive Director

Steve is a local marketing professional, writer and community organizer. Originally from Connecticut, Steve moved to Rutland in 2011 after graduating from Southern Connecticut State University with a degree in English and education. He spent a year volunteering with AmeriCorps before managing the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link’s communications and food education program. Most recently, he served as the Marketing Manager at the Rutland Area Food Co-op. Steve serves as a board member for the Rutland Young Professionals and Rutland Area Food Co-op, is a columnist for the Rutland Reader and in his free time can be found in his garden or kitchen.

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Nikki Hindman, Marketing & Events Coordinator

Nikki is a graphic designer, photographer and printmaker with a demonstrated history of working in the festival and apparel industries. Originally from the Midwest, she has a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Missouri. Nikki moved to Vermont in 2017 and hopes to bring an outside perspective to Rutland to encourage community growth and economic development in the downtown district. Outside of her creative work, Nikki has prior experience in event hospitality, concert booking and public relations. In her free time she hikes, reads mysteries and spends time with her dog, Atlas.

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Jess Novak

Jess Novak, Streetscape Coordinator

Jess is an advocate, educator and long time community organizer. Originally from the Midwest, Jess moved to Cuttingsville in 2015 to work at Spring Lake Ranch where they lived in community for several years, both as a House Advisor/Crew Leader and the Admissions and Outreach Coordinator. Most recently, Jess served as the statewide Education Coordinator for the Pride Center of Vermont.  Jess is currently the Manager at the Speakeasy Cafe on Center Street where they enjoy baking cookies, slinging lattes, and getting to know the folks who live and work in and around Rutland. In their free time, Jess loves to spend time with their partner and kiddo doing puzzles, reading stories, and being outdoors.


Lauren Fabian, Public Relations Intern

Lauren is a Senior at Castleton University studying for a bachelor's degree in Communications with a focus in Public Relations while minoring in political science and global studies. Lauren is a Rutland native with a first hand community experience. As an intern at the Downtown Rutland Partnership she hopes to gain experience in her career field while also helping her hometown develop as a community.  In her free time she enjoys snowboarding at Killington Mountain as well as spending time with her friends, family, and her dog Brodie.

Board of Directors


Executive Committee

A standing committee comprised of the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary. The committee’s function is to:

  • advise, assist, and support the Executive Director.

  • recommend an employment contract for the Executive Director to the Board.

  • review overhead and payroll budgets prior to presentation to the Board.

  • under exceptional circumstances, authorize actions on behalf of the Board of Directors on urgent matters which must be decided before the next Board Meeting.

Business Development Committee

The Business Development Committee shall develop, review and advocate programs to attract new businesses and investments to Downtown.

Marketing Committee

Efforts are targeted at increasing consumer traffic in Downtown Rutland with the ultimate goal of increasing consumer spending in all segments of the membership. The committee should:

  • develop marketing programs annually that promote the Downtown area within the context of a long-range plan.

  • identify and develop appropriate marketing niches within the Downtown area.

  • review all marketing programs prior to implementation.

Special Events Committee

The goal of this committee is to assist in the planning, development and execution of special events hosted by the DRP in Downtown Rutland.

Streetscape/Beautification Committee

Members work to maintain and improve a clean and attractive appearance in all public spaces and physical amenities in the district. The committee should:

  • determine the level of service currently provided by Rutland City and recommend programs to enhance those services.

  • identify areas of concern among Downtown members as they relate to the physical environment.

  • advocate a physical environment that encourages a positive perception of the Downtown district by members of the district, visitors and shoppers.

  • recommend and review all Downtown Rutland Partnership’s planned downtown improvements.

  • coordinate with services currently provided by Rutland City and advocate programs to enhance those services.


DRP Board Meeting Minutes