- The Board worked throughout the year to develop a 5 year vision for Historic Downtown Chelan. The 5-year goals are:
- Historic Downtown Chelan is a great place to work, play & shop.
- Historic Downtown Chelan is animated, vibrant and fun.
- Historic Downtown Chelan is clean, green & safe.
- Historic Downtown Chelan honors and retains its rich history.
- Historic Downtown Chelan is a great place to invest.
- In addition to developing our goals, the Board also has worked to craft the 5-year strategies and projects required to meet these goals.
- We added two new Board members this year – Nestor Lemus (Wells Fargo) and Kate Tomlinson (Riverwalk Inn). In July, we eagerly welcomed Kristin Ayling as a new staff member working alongside Erin.
- Our Board of Directors have volunteered over 1,000 hours of their time in 2018 to ensure this organization is running smoothly, effectively and efficiently!
- 2018 was capped off with the HDCA winning the Non-Profit of the Year from the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce. We are incredibly honored and humbled by this achievement.
- Construction of the Woodin Avenue Landing Park officially launched this year, only possible with the incredible financial support from the City of Chelan, Chelan County PUD and our local community. Look for the grand opening of this beautiful new space in the Spring of 2019!
- The City of Chelan is also instrumental in several other efforts in keeping out downtown looking great – flower baskets, Christmas tree installation, street sweeping, and the Spring Cleanup downtown.
- The HDCA expanded our working relationship with Chelan County PUD this summer – working to repaint the faded blue railings at the public dock next to Campbell’s Resort and their donation of a large sign that we can re-use in the Woodin Avenue Landing Park.
- The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce was an incredible partner in helping beautify downtown!! With their financial support, we were able to “Light Up the Town” with over 2 miles of lights hung throughout downtown and across the bridge. Additionally, with a grant early on, we were able to upgrade all of our promotional collateral and hire a photographer for several key events throughout the year.
- Membership in the HDCA remains strong and we again hit our maximum B&O tax pledge of $133,333. These two sources of income are the primary funding mechanisms of our organization. This makes up 100% of our operating budget and funds projects like the décor downtown (flower baskets, cornstalks, and holiday lights), merchant socials, and promotion and communication of HDCA activities.
- Volunteer hours were over the top in 2018! This year, over 150 volunteers from our community logged well over 1,500 hours. Nearly 50 of those volunteers were from our local schools – Chelan School of Innovation, Chelan High School and Manson High School.
- This year was the first of hopefully many more community kickoffs – the HDCA brought together the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, the Manson Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Chelan Wine Alliance for a comprehensive look at what our winter event season will look like. It was a very well attended evening of our business community.
- Launched the first ever surveying of the 106 businesses located in the Historic Downtown Chelan Association. Capturing critical information such as business contacts, seasonality information, building owner information, etc. This is an ongoing process to better understand our business climate in downtown. We are at 34% response rate and will continue in 2019.
- Launched the second Chelan Business Holiday Exchange program this Christmas. A fun program for store owners to get great gifts for their staff while supporting the Historical Downtown Chelan business community.
- The HDCA produced and/or organized several great events throughout the year: Taste of the Irish, Music in the Park, Sip & Stroll, Author Dar Williams Visit, Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, Small Town Christmas, Festival of Trees, and Winterfest Sunday (2019). These events brought together our community, raised funds for those in need in our Valley and were just plain fun to have in our downtown community.
- The HDCA financially supported several local events to the tune of $5,250: Top Dog Parade, Bach Fest, Lake Chelan Car Club Fall Show, Author Dar Williams, Thursday Evening Farmer’s Market, Chelan Fireworks, and the Lake Chelan Wine & Jazz Festival.
- The HDCA partnered up with the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce to host the 2018 Festival of Trees Live Auction and Gala. The event garnered over 20 stunningly decorated trees and wreaths and resulted in a donation of over $12,000 for Thrive Chelan Valley!
- The big project out of the Design Committee this year has been the completion of the design and launch of construction of the Woodin Avenue Landing Park. The park is slated to be complete in the Spring of 2019!
- When you see downtown looking fun and festive, that is the design committee hard at work. This year, the HDCA and the City of Chelan installed and maintained over 50 beautiful flower baskets downtown; cornstalks in the fall and holiday lights throughout the downtown.
- Again, partnering with the City of Chelan; the HDCA helped kick off the long anticipated Wayfinding Project. This effort will look at the goals for moving traffic through Chelan; identify where more signage is needed to get people where they need to go and identify critical services and amenities for both locals and visitors.