The Deadwood Revitalization Committee, formed by the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau and the city of Deadwood, began holding public meetings in late 2013 and in effort to ramp up the historic city's economy, according to reports from the Black Hills Pioneer. More than 70 people attended two public-input meetings where break-out groups brainstormed about opportunities, threats, strengths and weaknesses.
The Deadwood City Commission authorized $20,000 in BID 7 funds to be spent to hire the consultant Roger Brooks of Roger Brooks International in 2013. Read the entire Roger Brooks Branding, Development & Marketing Action Plan (October 2014) here.
The Deadwood City Wide Wayfinding and Vehicular Directional Signage Project, the first phase of which was approved by the Deadwood City Commission, will began installation of a new arch marking the start of Deadwood’s Historic Main Street in September 2015. The wayfinding project, including the archway, was part of Roger Brooks’ recommendations to the Deadwood Revitalization Committee. Phase one of the project includes road signage at notable sights, including Tatanka, Broken Boot Mine, and Cemetery Street. Phase two will commence following the completion of the construction on Highway 385 in 2016.
The Deadwood Revitalization Committee unveiled design plans for two downtown squares at a public meeting August 25, 2015. Dubbed the Deadwood Commons and Outlaw Square, the two venues would be designed to host public events and serve both the local population and tourists. A 32,000-square-foot Deadwood Commons could be built near the west end of downtown, near the History and Information Center (old railroad depot) for nearly $6 million. The Outlaw Commons, at 7,000- to 9,000-square feet, would be built on Lower Main Street where the CenturyLink building now sits for about $2.8 million. Neither price tag includes acquiring the properties. The plan calls for the demolition of two buildings, neither of which is historic.
Local elected officials expressed support for the plan, but it has not been determined exactly how the project would be paid for. One suggestion is a 30-year bond issue using revenue from the city's downtown parking ramp. Existing bonds backed by parking ramp revenue are scheduled to be paid off in 2017.