Overview and Creation

Our commitment to the Frenchtown community has been in motion for several years. Starting on January 13, 2003, HyettPalma completed the first Frenchtown Economic Enhancement Strategy approved by the City of St. Charles Council. The community’s vision and the market analysis results were used as the foundation to develop an economic strategy to further strengthen Frenchtown and future developments.

In 2018, the Frenchtown Revitalization Partnership established an organization comprised of members representing a comprehensive voice and effort of the revitalization of the Historic Frenchtown Business District and expanded community (extending to the 370 interchange). HyettPalma was invited back in October of 2018 to reassess and provide recommendations for the city moving forward. You can download the results of the study here. HyettPalma is the community development agency we engaged to provide the outside counsel and best recommendations for our Frenchtown revitalization efforts.

Since then, St. Charles Mayor Dan Borgmeyer campaigned on a promise to revitalize the Frenchtown Historic District. Mayor Borgmeyer took the first step toward making this happen by creating the Frenchtown Revitalization Task Force to replace the partnership.



The purpose of the task force is to spearhead the revitalization efforts and work with the mayor, council members and city staff to determine the next steps and establish timelines and goals for the Frenchtown community. Additional appointments to the Frenchtown Revitalization Task Force will be identified soon.


The Mayor’s first appointments include three individuals who drove the original effort that led to the creation of the Frenchtown Revitalization Partnership earlier this year.

Partnership Members

Scott Tate President & CEO of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce

Ed Akers Frenchtown business owner (The Akers Agency) and property owner

Susan Sams Frenchtown business owner (Sams Carpet Cleaning & Repairs) and property owner

Frenchtown Revitalization News

Frenchtown Great Streets Workshop 3 Results

April 17, 2020

For the health and safety of the community, the third and final workshop of the Frenchtown Great Streets…

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Community Planning Workshops Lead Frenchtown Revitalization

December 13, 2019

On Thursday, Dec. 12, citizens interested in the revitalization of Frenchtown participated in a community planning workshop at…

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Frenchtown is Great Streets’ Next Project – First Meeting Dec. 12

October 21, 2019

Earlier this year, the efforts to revitalize Frenchtown took a step forward when East-West Gateway Council of Governments,…

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Frenchtown Revitalization Task Force Visits Waterloo

July 2, 2019

The Main Street of Waterloo, Illinois is filled with small shops, unique restaurants, community events and local microbreweries.…

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Zoning & Communication

April 16, 2019

We are actively working through the current zoning laws and collectively making recommendations to the city council for…

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Frenchtown Audit Report – Hyett Palma

December 15, 2018

2018 Hyett Palma Study Recommendations & Suggestions We are excited to share with you the recommendations and suggestions…

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For information on opening a business in the Frenchtown Historic District or more information about the Frenchtown Task Force, contact Scott Tate at scott@gstccc.com or 636.946.0633.