Four Washington State Main Street Program (WSMSP) Affiliates – the City of Buckley, Ferndale Downtown Association, LaCrosse Community Pride, and the Downtown Pullman Association – begin the search for candidates to fill newly created executive director positions supported by the inaugural awards from the Affiliate Capacity Building Grant Program.

The new grant program was established earlier this year by the state legislature as a pilot project meant to provide the financial spark needed to fund a staff position that many Main Street Affiliates, especially in rural areas, find a challenge to meet when their volunteer boards are working at capacity on downtown revitalization. Since being awarded funds, leaders from all four grantees have participated in trainings on the fundamentals of strong board performance, strategies for sustainable funding, and hiring and onboarding best practices. Now, several have actively begun the search process and are taking applications.

Downtown Pullman Association
Downtown Pullman is alive with enthusiasm. New leadership, new investments, and many civic initiatives inspire a sense that “this is our time.”

Announcement and Job Description
To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter (or letter of interest), a writing sample, and professional references in confidence to Willow Falcon, DPA Board President, at no*******@do*************.info and to learn more about their work visit

LaCrosse Community Pride
Known as “the little town that could” LaCrosse, WA (population 310) is an example of what a town, even a very small one, can do with broad community support and dedicated volunteers. 
Announcement and Job Description
Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and references in confidence to Jeff Pietila, LCP Board President, at je*******@ic****.com and to demonstrate in their cover letter what they know or have learned about LaCrosse. To learn more about their work visit

Ferndale Downtown Association
Dedicated to preserving and enhancing Ferndale’s historic downtown since 2007, the FDA works to create a vibrant community center in which to attract quality businesses and shoppers.
Job Description
To be considered please submit your resume, cover letter, and references to Bertella Hansen, FDA Board President, at be************@gm***.com and to learn more about their work visit

This City of Buckley, which became a Main Street Affiliate January 1st of this year, is using their Affiliate Capacity Building grant as a catalyst to transition their revitalization leaders from a committee of the city to a full-fledged 501c3 nonprofit. They will not open their executive director search until the new year.

The Washington Main Street Affiliate Capacity Building Grant Program is a pilot project of the Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP), funded through fiscal years 2022-2023 by the Washington State Legislature and managed under contract by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.

For more information, please contact Jonelle McCoy, Main Street Specialist, at the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation at jo*****@pr********.org or 509-202-4299.