Support Downtown Revitalization

Support Downtown Revitalization

    1. Timothy Bishop, CMSM
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      Timothy Bishop, CMSM

      Ellensburg, WA

Across the country communities are struggling to retain the cultural and economic vitality of their historic downtowns and neighborhood business districts.  Most of these efforts are the result of local grass roots non profit organizations.    

In an age of corporate bail outs on wall street, and endless urban sprawl, downtowns across the country, and the small businesses and civic institutions that once made them the heart and souls of our communities are at risk.   

Please support the revitalization of our downtowns. 

Support the efforts of organizations like the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Center 

Donate to local revitalization groups like the Ellensburg Downtown Association at change.org   

Recommend or start a fundraising page for a local revitalization non profit from the community you care most about at change.org 

Invite your friends who support healthy vibrant communities to join this action.

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    • Timothy Bishop, CMSM ELLENSBURG, WA
      • over 4 years ago

      Bill to Save Washington State Main Street Program Passes the House 91 to 7 and Heads to Senate 

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Grassroots efforts to save the Washington State Main Street Program are generating bipartisan support among legislators during the 2010 legislative session. House Bill 2704, co-sponsored by Representative Dean Takko (D) from the 19th district, and Representative Bill Hinkle (R) from the 13th district, passed out of the House on Monday with overwhelming support by a vote of 91 to 7, and is now headed to the Senate.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Representative Takko introduced House Bill 2704, on the opening day of the legislative session.  Representative Dave Quall, (D) from the 40th District, a co-sponsor of the Main Street bill in the House is also enthusiastic about the program.  In a January 21 interview with the Skagit Valley Herald, Representative Quall noted, “In all the cities I’ve been in that have this program, when I reflect on what these towns look like, I’ve seen the good work this program has done.”

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      The Washington Main Street Program, since 1991 has helped local communities create 11,810 jobs in 3,721 new and expanded businesses, and leveraged private investment of $413 million. Every $1 invested in the program by the State of Washington has leveraged an average of $96 in private investment. Every $370 invested in the Washington Main Street Program by the State has leverage one new job in a local downtown.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Now that it’s passed the House, HB2704 will still need to be approved by the Senate. Supporters are cautiously optimistic according to Timothy Bishop, the Executive Director for the Ellensburg Downtown Association, “With more than a quarter of the Senate signed on as sponsors for the Senate Companion Bill, we’re optimistic. Downtown and community members from across the state have done a tremendous job of reaching out to their legislators about the importance of this economic development program, but we also know that time is the enemy in a short sixty day session.”

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      “In this current economic environment, it is more important than ever that we prioritize public spending and support for programs that have a proven record of attracting private sector support and job creation,” said Janéa Holmquist, R-Moses Lake and the lead Republican on the Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee. “The Washington State Main Street Program is a proven program drawing almost $100 in private investment for every $1 spent by the state.”

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      In an effort to balance the state’s budget in the face of mounting deficits, Governor Chris Gregoire’s proposed budget would eliminate the Washington State Main Street Program (WSMSP), which serves more than 90 organizations representing communities throughout the state. The Main Street program’s budget was already cut by 75% as part of the 2009 budgeting process leaving just one staff person and a state general fund budget of about $120,000 to serve all of the communities participating in the state’s Main Street network.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Downtown and community leaders from downtown’s and communities around the state have rallied to save the program. The Facebook fan page titled “Supporting Main Street in Washington State” has attracted nearly 800 supporters since it was created in early January. Main Street program advocates from around the state are using the Facebook page to keep up to date on the latest progress of the two Bills and keep supporters engaged as the legislation now moves to the Senate.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      More information on the Washington State Main Street Program can be found by contacting any of the 11 certified Main Street® programs either online or by phone.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Bainbridge Island Downtown Association www.bainbridgedowntown.org

       

       

       

      Historic Downtown Chelan Association www.historicchelan.org

       

       

       

      Ellensburg Downtown Association www.ellensburgdowntown.org

       

       

       

      Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership www.historickennewick.org

       

       

       

      Port Angeles Downtown Association www.portangelesdowntown.com

       

       

       

      Mount Vernon Downtown Association www.mountvernondowntown.org

       

       

       

      Olympia Downtown Association www.downtownolympia.com

       

       

       

      Port Townsend Main Street Program www.ptmainstreet.org

       

       

       

      Puyallup Main Street Association www.puyallupmainstreet.com

       

       

       

      Downtown Walla Walla Foundation www.downtownwallawalla.com

       

       

       

      Wenatchee Downtown Association www.wendowntown.org

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      For more information about the Washington Main Street program, including a list of the 90 organizations participating in the program, please visit www.downtown.wa.gov

       

       

       

      For more information about the National Trust Main Street Center, please visit www.mainstreet.org.

       

       

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    • Timothy Bishop, CMSM ELLENSBURG, WA
      • over 4 years ago

      Efforts to Save Washington State Main Street Program Gain Momentum

      Efforts to save the Washington State Main Street Program appear to be generating bipartisan support among legislators during the first week of the 2010 legislative session.   Representative Dean Takko (D) from the 19th district, introduced House Bill 2704 co-sponsored by Representative Bill Hinkle (R) from the 13th district, on the opening day of the legislative session.   By week’s end Senator Steve Hobbs (D) from the 44th district had introduced Senate Companion Bill 6507 with co sponsor Senator Janea Holmquist  (R) from the 13th district.  Both bills are attracting bipartisan support.  HB  2704 has been scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Affairs January 22,  at 1:30 PM

       

      The Washington Main Street Program, since 1991 has helped these and other communities create 11,810 jobs in 3,721 new and expanded businesses.  Private investment of $413 million has helped fuel this revitalization.  Every $1 invested in the program by the State of Washington has leveraged an average of $96 in private investment.

       

      In an effort to balance the state’s budget in the face of mounting deficits, Governor Chris Gregoire’s proposed budget would eliminate the Washington State Main Street Program (WSMSP), which serves more than 90 organizations representing communities throughout the state. The Main Street program’s budget was already cut by 75% as part of the 2009 budgeting process leaving just one staff person and a state general fund budget of about $120,000 to serve all of the communities participating in the state’s Main Street network. 

       

      Downtown and community leaders from around the state are rallying to save the program and a Facebook fan page titled “Supporting Main Street in Washington State” http://www.facebook.com/tbishopcmsm?ref=profile#/group.php?gid=233019454367&ref=mf  has garnered nearly 600 supporters in the first week. 

       

      The Washington State Main Street Program teaches communities the Main Street Four Point Approach to revitalization.  A program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Trust Main Street Center has developed and promoted a commercial revitalization philosophy that draws on a community’s unique heritage and character. Nurturing local resources and initiative, the State Program leads community leaders to develop and implement their own plans to revitalize the heart of their own community — the downtown.

        

      More information on the Washington State Main Street Program can be found by contacting any of the 11 certified Main Street® programs either online or by phone.

       

      Bainbridge Island Downtown Association www.bainbridgedowntown.org

      Historic Downtown Chelan Association www.historicchelan.org

      Ellensburg Downtown Association www.ellensburgdowntown.org

      Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership www.historickennewick.org

      Port Angeles Downtown Association www.portangelesdowntown.com

      Mount Vernon Downtown Association www.mountvernondowntown.org

      Olympia Downtown Association www.downtownolympia.com

      Port Townsend Main Street Program www.ptmainstreet.org

      Puyallup Main Street Association www.puyallupmainstreet.com

      Downtown Walla Walla Foundation www.downtownwallawalla.com

      Wenatchee Downtown Association www.wendowntown.org

       

      For more information about the Washington Main Street program, including a list of the 90 organizations participating in the program, please visit www.downtown.wa.gov

      For more information about the National Trust Main Street Center, please visit www.mainstreet.org.

       

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    • Timothy Bishop, CMSM ELLENSBURG, WA
      • over 4 years ago

      Article from today's Everett Herald.  Washington State budget Cuts Could End Support For Downtown Revitalization Efforts http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20100107/NEWS01/701079951&news01ad=1

      Downtown and community leaders through Washington State are working to save the Washington Main Street Program as a critical tool for helping small businesses and downtown's across the state.  Visit our facebook group "Supporting Main Street in Washington State http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=233019454367&ref=mf and please share with your friends in Washington who support vibrant downtowns and small businesses

       

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    • Timothy Bishop, CMSM ELLENSBURG, WA
      • over 4 years ago

      Proposed State Budget Eliminates Main Street Program

      The Governor’s proposed budget eliminates the Washington State Main Street Program.

      We are working with more than 80 other Washington state communities and members of the National Main Street Center staff to help save this important economic revitalization program at a time when our communities need it most.

      We have formed a facebook group for those who would like to join us in supporting Main Street in Washington State. Please taka a few moments to visit the page at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/gr... and share it with your friends in Washington State who might be willing to support our efforts

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    • Timothy Bishop, CMSM ELLENSBURG, WA
      • almost 5 years ago

      Sterling Savings Bank Donates $25,000 to Support Downtown Ellensburg Revitalization
      Sterling Savings Bank has donated $25,000 to the Ellensburg Downtown Association in support of its efforts to revitalize Ellensburg’s historic downtown. Nicalee Smith, Sterling’s Vice President and Community Manager, sees this contribution as an important opportunity for the bank and its customers. “Many of our customers are downtown businesses and property owners and we’re pleased to support the EDA and their efforts to revitalize the economy here in the community where our customers live and work,” Smith said.

      The Ellensburg Downtown Association is a state and nationally recognized Main Street program. More than a dozen new businesses have opened in Downtown Ellensburg so far this year as a result of the association’s efforts...

      Read more at http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=80221354994 

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