Transformative Development Initiative (TDI)

The TDI Team Tours Dowtown Hyannis

Established by the Massachusetts Development and Finance Agency, the TDI program is designed to promote economic growth and sustainability in the walkable commercial districts in Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities. Barnstable’s TDI District is located in Downtown Hyannis along Main Street, extending from Yarmouth Road in the East End to High School Road Extension.

Beginning in 2018, town staff and local partners started working with TDI on a part-time basis, developing plans and projects for public realm and streetscape visioning before the pandemic interrupted and re-aligned the process.

On February 15, 2022, Barnstable was selected by MassDevelopment to become a full time TDI District.  Because of the successful efforts of local businesses, residents, and civic groups to collaborate and support our local economy through the most difficult times over the past two years, Barnstable now receives full time technical assistance to provide on-the-ground economic development expertise, as well as access to a range of tools, including grants, to support local development and leverage investment in the Downtown. 

The group continues to work as a local partnership that includes businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies to engage community members in economic development planning, implementation of the recently completed Downtown Action Strategy, enhancing the public realm, and attracting more public and private investment at the neighborhood level.


Read about the latest projects the team is working on.

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Latest News – April 2023

Grants Awarded to Downtown Hyannis Small Businesses $235,000 in grant funding has been awarded to small businesses in Downtown Hyannis through the Façade Improvement and Local Business Boost grant programs. The Downtown Hyannis Façade Improvement Grant Program

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SNACK SHACK at the HARBOR OVERLOOK The NEW Snack Shack at the Harbor Overlook, opening late June through October, 2022. Vendor Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are filled. Call to

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Hyannis - Construction Workshop

MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative Program and the Town of Barnstable Planning & Development Department, together with International Business Relations, recently invited the community to a Construction Workshop on Saturday, March 4, 2023 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, 397 Main Street, Hyannis. The event connected dozens of housing developers, construction professionals, realtors, property and business owners, and other stakeholders and featured a panel discussion about housing opportunities, resources, and development experiences in Hyannis.

The panel participants were Jim McKeag, TDI MassDevelopment Fellow Fall River and South Cluster Lead; Elizabeth Jenkins, Town of Barnstable Director of Planning & Development; and Carlos Barbosa, owner of Color of Cape Cod Construction Company and Copacabana Developers. The morning included networking and a Brazilian breakfast.