Main Street

Washington Main Street

Washington Main Street helps communities revitalize the economy, appearance, and image of their downtown districts using the successful Main Street Approach™, a comprehensive revitalization strategy built around a community’s unique heritage and attributes.

The power of Main Street in Washington State is irrefutable. Our 2020 Impact Study report showcases how Main Street makes economic, fiscal, and social sense as a powerful tool and investment strategy. Main Street has the economic recovery tools our communities need right now.

About Main Street       Impact Study Report       2020 Annual Report

COVID-19 Response

Washington Main Street and the local programs across the state that make this network what it is are working to creatively and consistently support small businesses during this time. Right now, we are focused on:

  • Communication – Finding and digesting relevant information to help nonprofits and small businesses
  • Facilitation – Helping Main Streeters in Washington State connect to each other
  • Partnerships – Gathering information about the needs on the ground to help inform state and national decision-makers
  • Planning for Recovery – Creating resources for local programs to plan for stabilization and long-term recovery
Recovery Action Plan

Through a partnership we forged with Main Street Iowa and Oregon Main Street, local leaders from our three states have created a flexible work plan, complete with assessment tools, action ideas, and work plan templates for each committee. The Recovery Action Plan is simple – one document, easy to edit, yours to use. To get started:

  • Download the document (make sure to save it to your own computer before editing)
  • View the team’s roll-out presentation
Reopening Guides

Washington State is following a “Smart Start” phased approach to reopening businesses and gathering places. With these guidelines setting the timeline and providing concrete requirements for reopening, Main Street organizations and businesses can utilize strategies and ideas, such as:

Leaders in Recovery

Main Street is more important now than ever – the innovation and generosity coming out of your organizations and small businesses continues to inspire us. The situation is changing daily, but we are committed to working and adapting alongside your communities through this crisis. Please feel free to download our most recent In the Moment guides, chock full of best practices from across the state. We also invite you to visit our COVID-19 page to link to national and statewide resources:

COVID-19 Resources

Downtown Revitalization

Using local resources and initiative, Washington Main Street helps communities develop their own strategies to stimulate long term economic growth and civic pride. We provide access to information, help getting focused, and community support and guidance to individuals and organizations interested in downtown revitalization.

Visit our Resources page to learn more about the following tools and programs:

  • Main Street 101
  • Main Street Guides
  • Affiliate Services
  • Tax Credit Incentive Program
  • Historic Preservation Tools
  • RevitalizeWA Conference
  • Excellence on Main Awards

Revitalization Resources

Main Street Network

Local organizations in Washington State dedicated to downtown revitalization can join the Washington State Main Street Program at either the Main Street Community or Affiliate level. Learn more about joining WSMSP here.

Main Street Community Profiles