Colville Together has just received formal notice from Washington State Main Street that we have earned our designation as a Main Street Community for 2020. Colville Together has been a Main Street Affiliate since 2017 and has been working hard the past few years to become a Main Street Community. According to preservewa.org, “Washington Main Street helps communities revitalize the economy, appearance, and image of their downtown districts using the successful Main Street Approach®, a comprehensive revitalization strategy built around a community’s unique heritage and attributes.”
Colville Together is so excited as this designation provides opportunities that were not available to us as an Affiliate. We are now going to be able to keep monies working locally that would otherwise go directly to the state. The Main Street Tax Credit Incentive Program allows local businesses to take advantage of a 75% tax credit for B&O Taxes. For example, if a local business donates $1,000 to Colville Together, they will receive a $750 tax credit for the following year. The donations to Colville Together will be used for our programs which include façade grants, a building improvement matching grant program and downtown murals. These programs are focused on improving the look of downtown Colville, which will encourage visitors, as well as our community, to spend time shopping and enjoying downtown.
Colville Together would not be possible without the help of our partners; the City of Colville, Colville Chamber of Commerce, and Tri County Economic Development District. Thank you for your time, financial support and encouragement over the past few years.