Downtown Racine Corporation

We are the Downtown Racine Corporation

Our mission is to foster economic, social, and cultural diversity by stimulating business development, programming events, and marketing downtown to the community, developers, and tourists. It is our vision that Downtown Racine, with its scenic lakefront and historic Main Street, is the true heart and economic engine of our community; a vibrant and diverse destination to live, shop, explore, and conduct business.

We are a 501(c)3 that works hard every day to make Downtown Racine a vibrant and engaging place to live, work and play. We manage the day-to-day economic development efforts, improve the environment and aesthetics, market downtown to residents and tourists and activate downtown with programmed events. In 2018 Racine became one of over forty designated Wisconsin Main Street Communities which offers access to a wide variety of educational resources, training and tools designed to further our revitalization initiatives.

Downtown Racine Corporation is the only organization that is 100% committed and responsible to a thriving and vibrant downtown.

DRC’s Recent Accomplishments:

  • Helped foster huge downtown business growth. 2019 saw 24 new businesses open and last year had 23. In total Downtown Racine is home to more than 40 restaurants, pubs and coffeehouses, over 50 retail shops and galleries and 3 museums.
  • Host to 63 free events in 2019 which brought over 15,000 people to downtown Racine and had an economic impact of nearly one million dollars.
  • Is a designated WI Main Street Community and designated as an affiliate Main Street America™ program by the National Main Street Center.
  • One of the only communities in the nation that has hosted a public art project for 18 consecutive years.


Dave Kamm, CPA, Kamm Consulting LLC

Immediate Past Chairman
Jim Venturini – David Insurance

Vice Chairman

Derek Petersen, Johnson Bank

Austin Schultz, Plumb Gold



Member at Large

Jim Palenick, City Administrator, City of Racine
Jeff Coe, 1st District Alderman
MT Boyle, Racine County
Samuel Christensen, Racine County
Anthony Porcaro, Indian Motorcycle of Racine
Dimple Navratil, Dimple’s Imports
Ben Klenke, Baird
Chris Hefel, The Blake Building
Ashley Staeck, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread
Devon Borst, All Saints Foundation
Anna LaGath, Joey’s Yardarm
Dan Oakes, Dover Flag & Map and Oakes Construction
Tamara LoPiparo, The Maple Table
Tony Bigonia, Uncorkt


Executive Director
Kelly Kruse
Email: Kelly Kruse

Event & Public Relations


Downtown Racine Corporation
425 Main Street
Racine, Wisconsin

(262) 634-6002


Downtown Racine Corporation Office
425 Main Street, (262) 634-6002


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