Washington State's Coordinating Program
Since 1984, the Washington State Main Street Program has been helping communities revitalize the economy, appearance, and image of their downtown commercial districts in Washington. In 2010 the Main Street Program was moved from the Department of Commerce to the Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation. The program is managed (under contract) by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.
Main Street is a Movement
As a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program, Washington Main Street helps to lead a powerful, grassroots network consisting of over 40 Coordinating Programs and over 1,200 neighborhoods and communities across the country committed to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.
Main Street Approach
The Main Street Approach® is a unique preservation-based economic development tool that enables communities to revitalize downtown and neighborhood business districts by leveraging local assets – from historic, cultural, and architectural resources to local enterprises and community pride.
The success of the Main Street Approach® is based on its comprehensive nature. By carefully integrating four points (Design, Economic Vitality, Organization, and Promotion) into a practical downtown management strategy, a local Main Street program will produce fundamental changes in a community’s economic base. Learn more here:
Main Street 101
As a comprehensive economic development tool, the Main Street Approach® is the foundation many communities in Washington and nationwide use to strengthen their historic downtown and commercial districts. This webinar will provide an orientation to the Main Street Approach® for new board and staff, committee volunteers, and those looking to support their downtown with this proven revitalization strategy.
Washington Main Street is here for you! Main Street Communities and partner organizations, please reach out to WMS Director Breanne Durham at 206-624-9449 or by email. Affiliates and start-up programs, please reach out to Main Street Specialist Jonelle McCoy at 509-202-4299 or by email. Get to know your Main Street team on our staff page.
Washington Main Street publishes a seasonal e-newsletter with success stories and resources relevant to established or fledgling Main Street programs. Check out the newsletter archive and sign up to receive the newsletter and other important updates from Washington Main Street:
Chapter 43.360 RCW – Establishing the WSMSP
Chapter 25-50 WAC – WSMSP Rules
Joining the Washington Main Street Network
The State Program is a partner, but true revitalization success is built squarely on local commitment, initiative, and follow-through. Recognizing that Washington communities interested in revitalization have a variety of situations and needs, the Washington Main Street Network has two designation options:
Main Street Community
The purpose of the Main Street Community level is to provide access to resources, networking opportunities, training and advanced resources and opportunities to communities who have an independent 501c3 or 501c6 nonprofit organization dedicated solely to downtown revitalization. These organizations have committed the necessary time and training to develop community support, financial and human resources and are implementing the Main Street Approach.
Tools unique to Washington Main Street Communities include access to quarterly leadership meetings, progress visits, and the Main Street Tax Credit Incentive Program.
Organizations seeking Main Street Community designation are asked to submit a non-binding statement of interest via email by June 1, 2022.
The purpose of the Affiliate level is to provide access to resources and networking opportunities for organizations that have an interest in revitalizing their downtown or neighborhood commercial district, but may not have the capacity at this time to meet the Washington State Main Street Community requirements.
COMMUNITY APPLICATIONS DUE JULY 15, 2022
AFFILIATE APPLICATIONS DUE SEPTEMBER 2, 2022
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