Downtown Hightstown, Inc., established in 2008, is an all-volunteer group of residents, business owners and stakeholders dedicated to improving the visual appeal, image and desirability of the downtown area of Hightstown, New Jersey. We work on incremental improvement projects as well as assist other local groups in promoting their events and activities. Downtown Hightstown, Inc. follows the Main Street Four-Point Approach to downtown management using organization, promotion, design, and economic development as defined by the National Main Street Center and Main Street New Jersey. Downtown Highstown, Inc. is governed by a Board of Trustees, and all the work is done by volunteers.
To serve as an online hub for disseminating cultural, historic, educational, community, and public safety information about Hightstown. To assist various committees of the Borough of Hightstown, as well as local nonprofit organizations, with volunteer recruitment and informational platforms. To develop, secure funding for, and carry out incremental improvement projects that showcase art and culture; preserve and promote Hightstown’s rich history; and fight economic deterioration through the revitalization of public space and promotion of arts and family-oriented events.
How are you associated with Hightstown Borough?
Downtown Hightstown is all-volunteer non-profit group, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, and is governed by a six member Board of Trustees. It operates independently of the town government.
How much funding does Hightstown Borough and the State of New Jersey give Downtown Hightstown, Inc?
We receive NO funding from Hightstown Borough and the State of New Jersey. Downtown Hightstown receives all of it’s funding through donations and business contributions, and attends trainings hosted by Main Street New Jersey.
Gary Grubb I moved from Bridgehampton, LI, New York to Hightstown, NJ in 1957. I have been married for 47 years to my wife, Dale. We reside at 302 Morrison Ave. in Hightstown.
I was employed with a local company(Carter-Wallace, Inc.) for 38 years and am now retired. I served on the local Board of Health and Shade Tree Commission.
I currently serve on the Parks and Recreation Commission, Environmental Commission, as a Trustee with the Downtown Hightstown group and am a member of the Hightstown-East Windsor Improvement Project (GHEWIP). I am also a long time member of the Hightstown-Apollo Masonic Lodge in Hightstown and was master in 1976.
Brent Rivenburgh has been a resident of Hightstown since 2001 but has been visiting our beautiful town since 1992. Originally he is from Upstate New York but met his wife Abigail Stults Rivenburgh in Salem, VA where they both attended Roanoke College. After the two were married they decided to settle in Hightstown where Abi’s family can trace their lineage back to our town’s beginnings. Brent graduated from Roanoke with a Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. Since college Brent has worked in the professional sales and marketing field, for the last 7 years he has been a Commercial Insurance Account Manager at our own Allen & Stults Co., Inc. Locally he is a member of the Hightstown Economic Development Committee and a Master Mason of the Hightstown Apollo Lodge #41, F. & A.M. Brent is also involved with the Princeton and Middlesex Chamber of Commerce’s as well as just being named the incoming Chairman of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of NJ Young Agent Council Board of Directors. When he is not spending time with his family you can find him playing golf, fishing or driving his classic car around town.
Ryan Rosenberg fell in love with Hightstown because it reminded him of where he grew up with its quaint downtown, historic architecture and walkable, family friendly community. Ryan was elected to serve on the Hightstown Borough Council in 2005, and later went on to be a founding member of Downtown Hightstown, Inc. Ryan’s professional expertise is in design and art direction, and he enjoys working on beautification, signage and public art projects around town. An avid outdoors person, Ryan enjoys running, hiking, gardening and working on his house. Ryan and his wife Amanda moved to Hightstown in 2003 after purchasing their first home here.
Yolanda Swiney has lived in Hightstown for the last 6 years with her family. She and her husband Craig have been married for 20 years and have two boys. She fell in love with Hightstown because it had a small town feeling and it reminded her of Montclair where she lived. She has worked in the financial industry for the last 20 years and enjoys helping people and advising businesses on how to better their cash flow. She has served as an active board member and task force member for nonprofits, municipalities and faith base organizations in Mercer County, where she assisted with fund raising and technical support. Children’s Home Society, RISE, Trenton Mortgage Task Force, Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness are among the few that she served. Yolanda received her Bachelor’s from New Paltz State University with a minor in Business Administration. She is also fluent in Spanish.