About Us

Salina Downtown Inc. was established as a nonprofit merchant’s association in 1975, and was one of the first business improvement districts in Kansas, beginning in 1983. SDI is governed by a 13 member board of directors. Board agendas and minutes can be accessed here. SDI supports small business through several development incentives. The entrepreneurial spirit upon which Salina was founded is still the heartbeat of our independently owned businesses. It is our mission to champion a healthy and vibrant downtown community!

Salina Downtown is a destination location being conveniently located at the crossroads of I-135 and I-70. It is also home to the beautiful 1931 historical Stiefel Theatre, Smoky Hill Museum, and the brand new 70,000 square foot Salina Fieldhouse. Salina Downtown is a place where you can not only dine and shop with friends, but gather for historic car cruises, parades and family fun runs. Our pedestrian friendly atmosphere encourages you to explore, experience, and enjoy, what Salina Downtown has to offer!

Meet the team!

Leslie Bishop
Executive Director
Email lbishop@salinadowntown.com


Dian Gebhardt
Downtown Aesthetic Specialist

SDI/ BID Board of Directors


Karie Bogart, Flipping Fabulous


Larry Bunker, Peaceful Body Wellness Retreat


Scott Guest, Property Owner

Terry Hauschel, Salina Regional Health Center

Stuart Hieger, Wedel Financial Group

Michelle Jensen, Homewood Suites by Hilton

Sheila Kjellberg, Apron Strings

Krystal Norris, First Bank Kansas

Michelle Peck, The Garage

Jenn Reitz, Homewood Suites by Hilton

Cassie Streit, Streit Sandblasting & StickIt Vinyl Graphics

Kelli Webb, Pathway Financial Solutions & The Bath Pub

Mike Wilson, ComPro Realty











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