Downtown Development

Advance Thief River is a regional economic development initiative, seeking to grow the economy of Thief River Falls and the surrounding communities.

A new vision for downtown

In October 2017, the Downtown Development Association finalized a community masterplan for downtown Thief River Falls.


In October 2017, the Chamber of Commerce Downtown Development Association published a community master plan that outlined desired changes for redeveloping downtown Thief River Falls, Minnesota.

The goals of the master plan are to:

  • Promote a business climate that enhances economic vitality and improves the quality of life for all residents
  • Design a unified, welcoming environment
  • Create a document that can be used for fundraising and implementation

Design, Context, Principles & Engagement

A study of the context, precedent research, and community input informed the following design principles and recommendations specific to Thief River Falls:

  1. Connect with nature
  2. Design with scale
  3. Express culture
  4. Foster innovation
  5. Create experiences
  6. Maintain and troubleshoot
  7. Create winning teams


Downtown Master Plan

Download a PDF copy of the entire plan here.

Our Partners

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
NoW Innovators Network

Advance Thief River

Mailing Address
PO Box 773

Thief River Falls, MN 56701

By appointment only
Spark Hub

1412 3rd Street West
Thief River Falls, MN 56701

Contact Us

Drop us a message to let us know what you need and we'll get back to you as soon as we can!

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