The purpose of the Historic Downtown Chelan Association is to develop and promote the historic downtown core of Chelan by creating an inviting and economically vibrant community center while emphasizing enhancement and preservation of the town’s historic features.
What does HDCA do?
Through our network of members and community partners, we present a powerful voice for our historic downtown Chelan. While maintaining a comprehensive downtown revitalization strategy following the Main Street Four-Point Approach structure—which includes implementing a balance of activities in the areas of organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring—we work to maintain and develop a positive, coordinated image of downtown. We work on promoting, defending and preserving our downtown: its culture, history, people, and local businesses.
More specifically, to reinforce and market a positive image and lively atmosphere, we strive to create excitement downtown through our several promotional events throughout the year. We landscape the downtown streetscape with hanging flower baskets, aid in providing design services for buildings and signage and review renovation proposals for downtown buildings. HDCA also organizes and promotes constructive relationships between local government bodies, private business and residents. We have monthly meetings open to the public that give businesses, residents, and frequent visitors the opportunity to become informed about issues pertinent to downtown and give their opinion and insight on matters. HDCA helps recruit new businesses to minimize the effects of vacancies and to diversify the mix of retail, services, entertainment, housing and restaurants within the downtown corridor.
Overall, we advocate for local empowerment, consensus building, appealing downtown aesthetic design, economic vitality, historic preservation, supportive public policy, and a family-oriented place where everyone can feel proud to call home and passionately show off to visitors.
How is HDCA structured?
HDCA is led by a Board of Directors and a Director. HDCA also maintains four standing committees (Design, Promotion, Organization and Economic Restructuring) and two subcommittees (Holiday Lighting and Fireworks). Each standing committee is chaired by a volunteer.
The Board of Directors is a ten-member entity that manages, sets the policy for, and oversees the management of the affairs of HDCA. They control its property, are responsible for its finances, formulate its policy, and direct its affairs.
The Director works with the Board to implement a comprehensive downtown revitalization program using the Main Street Approach™. She or he promotes downtown activities, educates businesses and the community, represents the organization locally, regionally and nationally, and serves as a key communicator.
- Organization Committee drafted Articles of Incorporation & By-Laws July —Sept. 2005
- Chelan Business Association approved the structural change Oct. 2005
- Articles of Incorporation & By-Laws submitted to the State – Nov, 2005
- Approval of Articles & By-Laws received from Secretary of State Dec. 2005
- 501 c 3 received Dec. 2006
- Received Main Street Start-Up Designation from the Washington State Main Street Program – March 2007
- Hired first Downtown Manager – April 2008
- Applied for Washington State Main Street Designation – May 2008
- Washington State Main Street Designation Approved -July 2008
Boundaries include both sides of street with Riverwalk Park, Old Bridge and Columbia on west, East Johnson Avenue on the north, Saunders Street on the east and East Wapato Avenue on the south. (Adopted by Board of Directors December 19, 2006)