The mission of DT2 · Downtown Dutchtown is to promote a thriving community and shared prosperity by facilitating economic development and fostering opportunity in the Dutchtown neighborhood. Through this mission, we aim to attract diverse ownership, promote places, spaces, and faces, and increase occupancy.

DT2 is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community development organization.

Your donation helps DT2 to promote a thriving community and shared prosperity by facilitating economic development and fostering opportunity in the Dutchtown neighborhood.

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UrbanMain

DT2 has recently partnered with Missouri Main Street Connection for the UrbanMain pilot program, the first of its kind in Missouri. UrbanMain is an initiative to develop new vitality in Downtown Dutchtown and to create a framework for future improvement efforts throughout the neighborhood.

Supporting Dutchtown Businesses

DT2 provides value value to the Dutchtown business community. We facilitate a strong local entrepreneurship ecosystem with smart design principles, community engagement, resource development, and promotion through unique storytelling and media. Our approach fosters a healthier business environment that aims to attract diverse ownership, promote places, spaces, and faces, and increase occupancy. Business and community are intertwined, and we create the necessary connections. To that end, DT2 and DutchtownSTL are developing resources for Dutchtown businesses to help them succeed in our neighborhood.

Building Community

DT2 is a community-driven organization, led by a board of Dutchtown residents and business owners. The board is guided by the Dutchtown Committees consisting of residents and other stakeholders who focus on five key areas: Design, Economic Vitality, Promotion, Organization, and Safe Clean & Green. DT2 works to create a vibrant, thriving Dutchtown for everyone.

With events like our summer Movie Nights, and efforts such as our block organizing program and fundraisers to reactivate Marquette Park, we aim to build a stronger community for our neighbors. We offer news and resources to residents via DutchtownSTL, and we regularly partner with other neighborhood organizations like the Dutchtown CID and Dutchtown South Community Corporation.

DT2 News Find more DT2 updates at dutchtownstl.org/news

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri hosts a series of online seminars in May to help businesses build strengthen their business plans, apply for loans, and build relationships with banks. These one-hour sessions, presented via Zoom, are free to business owners and take place every Wednesday during the month. The classes are presented in partnership with the Urban League’s Women’s Business Center and the Small Business Administration.

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