WASHINGTON MAIN STREET
STREET IS A MOVEMENT
Revitalizing the economy, appearance, and image of downtown districts using the successful Main Street Approach™
WHAT IS WA MAIN STREET?
Washington Main Street is a program of the Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation, managed under contract by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.
Using local resources and initiative, Washington Main Street helps communities develop their own strategies to stimulate long term economic growth and civic pride.
Washington Main Street is a Coordinating Program of Main Street America™ and helps to lead a powerful, grassroots network consisting of over 1,200 neighborhoods and communities across the country.
“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.”
“Throughout the course of the pandemic, we have seen how local Main Street organizations have served as lifelines to their small businesses through uncertainty, the deluge of information, and wave after wave of challenges. Story after story confirmed that there is something truly special about doing business in a Main Street district, and our 2022 Business Resiliency Study pulls together data to give a clearer picture of how WA Main Streets rebounded from the pandemic.”
Source: Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
THE COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY
By carefully integrating four points (Design, Economic Vitality, Organization, and Promotion) into a practical downtown management strategy, this local program produces fundamental changes in a community’s economic base.
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With a 40-year history as a national movement, learn more about the impact of the Main Street Approach®.