2015 Family Portrait1

The Port Townsend Main Street Program is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization:

Our mission is to preserve, promote and enhance our historic business districts.

“Main Street” is a philosophy, a program and a proven comprehensive approach to commercial district revitalization created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The revitalization process is centered in four volunteer committee areas: Promotion, Economics, Design and Organization. Under the Economics Committee, our Main Street Program also has a Property Owners’ Subcommittee, and the HUD Revolving Loan Committee. The Port Townsend Main Street Program is governed by an eleven-member board of directors which meets monthly. Special event and office volunteers work on projects throughout the year.

Main Street Committees

Organization (Executive Committee)
Goal:  Oversees membership, fundraising and program administration.

  • Membership Program and Annual Membership/Volunteer Party
  • Quarterly Merchant breakfast seminars
  • Main Street e-newsletter
  • Website maintenance and Social Media
  • Attend Quarterly Meetings/Manager Retreats
  • Outreach activities—i.e. tours, offer workshops
  • Tax Incentive Program
  • The Taste of Port Townsend
  • Concerts on the Dock
  • Sponsorships

Economics 
Goal: Strengthen and broaden the economic viability of the commercial historic districts.

  • “Light at the End of the Tunnel” LENT Revolving Micro-loan fund
  • Online Building and Business Inventory
  • HUD Loan Program (application process Spring and Fall)
  • Assist property owners/tenants/prospective business owners
  • Disaster preparedness in the historic districts (collaborate & share information)
  • Parking survey (conduct survey, collate information for the City)

Promotion
Goal: Promote the historic districts as the town’s social, cultural and economic centers.

  • Art Wave—Children’s Art in the Stores/May and Arts Fundraiser for schools
  • Sizzling Sidewalk Sale
  • “Girls’ Night Out”
  • Merchant Welcome Signs for visiting groups
  • The Uptown Street Fair event coordination and marketing assistance
  • Downtown Trick or Treat & Costume Parade
  • Victorian Holidays Celebration (Merchant Open House/Small Business Saturday, Treelighting/Santa Visit, Kiwanis Choo Choo Rides, Holiday Ornaments, Santa Shops Here, Yulefest, Lighted Décorations)
  • Develop activities/ web page publicity to encompass Uptown and Downtown historic districts
  • Merchant window themes
  • Port Townsend Family Portrait (alternate years)
  • Main Street 30th Anniversary Party –picnic on Taylor Street.

Design
Goal: Enhance the character of the commercial historic districts through good design and public amenities compatible with historic features.

  • Adams Street Park Design and Maintenance
  • Educate members about importance of the character of the historic districts
  • Earth Day Spring Clean Up
  • Hanging Flower Basket Program
  • Participate in city design processes
  • Work in collaboration with city on streetscape plan
  • Expand winter lighting/illumination of buildings
  • Beautification of the historic district; Cotton Building restroom maintenance, rain garden maintenance, bird abatement program, and pressure wash sidewalks as resources allow.
  • Historic building tours during Victorian Festival.
  • Expand streetscape amenities compatible with historic districts’ needs as budget allows.

Committee Participation: City of Port Townsend Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, City Comp Plan, Port Townsend Artscape