Summer Newsletter

What are we up to?

DESIGN

Façade & Building Improvement Grant – Grants have been awarded to the applicants. This year we were able to provide the following grants:

Alpine Theater – Façade repair and painting – $5,000
Collins Building (Pour House) – Repair – $4,000
Main Street Floral – New awning – $2,500
Allusions Salon – New brick planters – $1,000
Saundra’s Furniture – Mural – $500.

The focus was on highly visible projects which would make the most impact on downtown this year. Funds for this project come directly from our local businesses who donate to Colville Together through Main Street Tax Credit Incentive Program.

Good for your business. Great for the community! Self-direct your taxes to stay in Colville and receive a 75% tax credit on your B&O taxes the next year. Donate to Colville Together through the Main Street Tax Credit Incentive Program and keep your taxes local! Colville Together is focused on the heart of Colville, Downtown.  We are excited to see it grow and flourish because of your generous contribution. Your donation will support the projects that Colville Together does and will make a direct impact in your community. Have Questions?
Contact Rosemary Shaw  – 684-4571 ex 112 OR info@colvilletogether.org

ECONOMIC VITALITY

Summer Coupon Book – The Summer Coupon Book is out to the public. This book has great discounts from the entire community. Shop local this summer and support your
neighbors.

PROMOTION

Summer Concerts – The Chamber of Commerce and Colville Together, with additional funding from the
Vinson Fund, will be hosting two concerts during the Annual Sidewalk Sale July 14- 16th. There are many more concerts and activities scheduled for this summer in Heritage Court. Check out colvilletogether.org for the detailed calendar.

Get Involved! Do you care about what is happening in Downtown Colville and want to be involved in the decisions that Colville Together is making? We have a variety of opportunities to volunteer with a modest time commitment. Join a Committee! (we meet once a month for an hour) Design & Economic Vitality Organization & Outreach

Façade & Building Improvement Grant – Recipients 2022

Colville Together is thrilled to announce the recipients for this year’s Façade & Building Improvement Grant.

The Façade & Building Improvement grant is offered by Colville Together with a desire to help improve and enhance the beauty of downtown Colville, preserve the historic nature of the streetscape, while making revitalization efforts affordable, creative, and community based.

Colville Together ‘s Design Committee, who oversees the grant, decided to focus on highly visible projects which would make the most impact on downtown this year.  We received six applications five of which had a visual and/or historic impact.  We were able to award various amounts to those five applicants to support their project requests.

The awardees are as follows:

            Alpine Theater – Façade repair and painting – $5,000

            Pour House – Repair of the façade and building maintenance – $4,000

            Main Street Floral – New awning and exterior lighting – $2,500

            Allusions Salon – New brick planters – $1,000

            Saundra’s Furniture – Assistance with new mural – $500. 

Last year’s winner Constructive Fun will be working to complete their new awning this year.  So, in all six buildings will be improved with the help of funds from Colville Together and our Façade & Building Improvement Grant program.  Colville Together’s funding for these types of projects come directly from our local businesses who donate to Colville Together through Main Street Tax Credit Incentive Program. 

Grants will be available in coming years as well, with an additional focus on helping maintain the integrity of the buildings.  Things like roofs, windows, and other high costs items that are often difficult for building owners to address.  We are excited for the future of this program and the impact it can make in our community. 

Any building owner whose property falls within the Colville Together focus area (3rd Ave to Birch Ave and Wynne St to Oak St) can apply for the Façade & Building Improvement Grant.

Keeping Local Tax Dollars Working in Colville – Main Street Tax Credit Incentive Program

Colville Together, a Washington State Main Street Program, is offering the Main Street Tax Credit Incentive Program to our local businesses; any business in Washington State that pays Business & Occupation taxes through the online portal is eligible

The Main Street Tax Credit Incentive Program allows local businesses to self-direct their tax dollars to stay in Colville, instead of going to the state.  When local businesses donate directly to Colville Together in 2022, they receive a 75% tax credit on their Business & Occupation Taxes for 2023.  This is great for the community and good for the business. Colville Together uses the donated funds for our downtown projects, including the Façade & Building Improvement Grant, improvements to Heritage Court, downtown business support, and downtown business networking opportunities.  The money stays here in Colville and directly impacts downtown Colville – the heart of our community.

In 2021, received donations totaling $29,700 from the following businesses: Vaagen Timbers, Fogle Pump and Supply, Colmac Coil Manufacturing, Colmac Industries, Home Suite Home Furnishings, Saundra’s Furniture, RE Lee Shoe Company, Re-Imagined Home, Colville Bookkeeping, and R&R Design.  This resulted in $22,275 in tax incentives for those businesses. 

Colville Together has a cap of over $100,000 that can be accepted in donations, so there is plenty of opportunity for Colville businesses to participate in the program.  The deadline to apply is March 31, 2022, and all contributions need to be made by November 1, 2022.  If you would like to self-direct your taxes to stay in Colville please contact Rosemary Shaw at 509-684-4571 or email her at info@colvilletogether.org

Façade & Building Improvement Grant – 2022

Colville Together is excited to be able to offer the Façade & Building Improvement Grant to our downtown building owners for the second year. 

Last year, we had an amazing response to our call for applications.  There were twelve applications for the two grants that were available.  There was a wide variety of applications ranging from updating awnings, new signage, roof repair, a mural, and other various projects. It was a difficult decision for the Colville Together Design Committee to select only two projects, but they were extremely excited to see the positive response from the downtown building owners. 

The Façade & Building Improvement grant is offered by Colville Together with a desire to help improve and enhance the beauty of downtown Colville, preserve the historic nature of the streetscape, while making revitalization efforts affordable, creative, and community based. Each successful grant will be in the amount of $5,000 and awarded to property owners in the Colville Together focus area (3rd Ave to Birch Ave and Wynne St to Oak St). This year we will be focusing on projects that visually improve downtown. 

Colville Together Design Committee administers the Façade & Building Improvement Grant Program and evaluates the applicant’s eligibility and need based on all the applicants. There are two grants available for 2022.  Grants will be available in coming years as well.

Any building owner whose property falls within the Colville Together focus area (3rd Ave to Birch Ave and Wynne St to Oak St) can apply for the Façade & Building Improvement Grant. Applications and the program guidelines are available at https://www.colvilletogether.org/facade-building-improvement-grant/. Completed Applications are due on February 25th and the grant will be closed.

Downtown Colville Parklets Project

Colville Together is bringing a pilot project to downtown Colville for the summer of 2021: Parklets!

Parklets are public seating areas that convert curbside parking spaces into vibrant community spaces.  The parklets will be in place from June to October.

The intent is to provide additional public spaces during the upcoming construction at Astor and Main Streets (Heritage Court) and to aid in COVID-19 recovery for our downtown businesses as they work with the current restrictions.  Parklets will utilize 2 parking spaces and provide seating for approximately 10-15 customers. 

Colville Together is excited to involve Main Street businesses and have been asking for their feedback.  “I love this idea to support local business and bring more foot traffic downtown.”, expressed one downtown business owner.  Colville Together will be measuring the impacts of the parklets throughout the temporary installation to determine if this type of endeavor is a good match for Colville. The key is understanding how pedestrian traffic, downtown business revenues, as well as resident and visitor users are impacted by this project.

Colville Together is collaborating with the Northeast Washington Association of Realtors, the Colville Chamber of Commerce, Tri County Economic Development District, and partnering with the City of Colville and the Washington Department of Transportation to bring our community and visitors these innovative public spaces for the summer of 2021.  Funding support for this project is being provided by the Innovia Foundation, Main Street America, the Northeast Washington Association of REALTORS (NEWAR), and the National REALTOR Association. 

The parklets will be installed on Friday June 10th AT 9am.  We need volunteers to help with the installation in addition to the NEWAR partners who have committed to helping with construction.  Please see our Facebook page, @colvilletogether and website, colvilletogether.org, for more details. 

The Grand Opening Celebration will take place on Saturday June 12th, at 11:00 am.  There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony as well as buskers at each parklet to celebrate the successful installation of the parklets.

Thank you Main Street Tax Credit Incentive Program Donors – 2021

Colville Together, a Washington State Main Street Program, is pleased to thank our donors to the Main Street Tax Credit Incentive Program:  Vaagen Timbers, Fogle Pump & Supply, Home Suite Home Furnishings, Colmac Coil Manufacturing, Colmac Industries, RE Lee Shoe Company, Re-Imagined Home, Saundra’s Furniture, Colville Bookkeeping, and R&R Design. 

This year we have received commitments totaling $29,700 from our generous contributors. Colville Together uses these donated funds for our downtown projects, including the Façade & Building Improvement Grant, improvements to Heritage Court, downtown business support, and downtown business networking opportunities.  The money stays here in Colville and directly impacts downtown Colville – the heart of our community.

The program is closed for 2021, but if you would like to self-direct your taxes to stay in Colville please contact Rosemary Shaw at 509-684-4571 or email her at info@colvilletogether.org for information about donating for 2022. 

Façade & Building Improvement Grant – Update 2021

Colville Together is excited to announce the recipients of the first annual Façade & Building Improvement Grants: Dawna Pazaroo from Constructive Fun Toys and Keith Kendall from Redbird Boutique!

With a desire to help improve and enhance the beauty of downtown, Colville Together is offering this program to preserve the historic nature of the streetscape, while making revitalization efforts affordable, creative, and community based. Each awardee will be receiving a grant in the amount of $3,000 to assist with their project.   

We had an amazing response to our call for applications in February.  There were twelve applications for the two grants that were available.  There was a wide variety of applications ranging from updating awnings, new signage, roof repair, a mural, and other various projects. It was a difficult decision for the Colville Together Design Committee to select only two projects for this year, but they were extremely excited to see the positive response from the downtown building owners.  Colville Together is so excited to continue the Façade & Building Improvement Grant in the years to come! 

Winter Newsletter 2021

Colville Together employs the Main Street Approach utilizing design, economic vitality, promotions, and organization to progress our program forward. 

What are we up to?

Design

Heritage Court – TBD

·     $3,500 from the Ramble Family for furnishings

·     $1,500 additional funds for improvements

·     Partnered with the City to install plantings

Economic Vitality

Shop Small Coupon Books – April-September

·     Available in April

·     Free to the public

·     $20 for merchant participation

Promotions

Summer Concert – August 28th

·     Fair weekend

·     Free to the public

·     Partnering with Chamber of Commerce

Organization

City Lodging Tax Application

·     City funds our Executive Director and some operating expenses

·     Approved for $14,280 in 2021

Main Street Tax Credit Incentive Program·      Receive $2,200 in donations in 2020


WHAT HAVE WE ACCOMPLISHED?

Design

Façade & Building Improvement Grant Program Developed

·       $3,000 grants to downtown building owners

·       Grant application window closes February 25th

·       Buildings must be located downtown

Economic Vitality

Shop Small Saturday – November 28th, 2020

·       Booth at Heritage Court from 11am -3pm

·       Counted over 60 participants and 43 prize entries

·       Provided swag, maps, facemasks, and hand sanitizer

·       Provided 4 grand prizes for completed passports

Promotions

Updated website though Locable

Organization

Mercantile at colvilletogether.org

·       Post a product or gift certificate!

·       Visit colvilletogether.org for more information

Downtown Businesses Fund

·     Awarded cash grants of $500 to 9 downtown businesses Crowd funded for $4,500.

Received Working Washington II Grant

·       $10,300 for COVID recovery


Partnering to enrich our community through planning and preserving Historic Downtown Colville, while cultivating our local economy.

Façade & Building Improvement Grant – Now Available 2021

Colville Together is excited to be able to offer the Façade & Building Improvement Grant to our downtown building owners. 

This program is offered by Colville Together with a desire to help improve and enhance the beauty of downtown Colville, preserve the historic nature of the streetscape, while making revitalization efforts affordable, creative, and community based. Each successful grant will be in the amount of $3,000 and awarded to property owners in the Colville Together focus area (3rd Ave to Birch Ave and Wynne St to Oak St).

 The eligible improvements include:

  • New awnings or the restoration of existing awnings
  •  Exterior painting and/or paint removal
  •  Murals on exposed side walls
  • Reparation and restoration of brickwork, wood, masonry, and stucco
  • Exterior lighting
  • Reusable signage, such as projecting, blade, and lighted
  • Reparation and replacement of architectural details or materials
  • Doors and windows, including garage doors
  • Rehabilitation or compatible reconstruction of storefronts
  • Removal of metal siding and exterior slip covers (surfaces)
  • Building improvements that save the structural integrity of the building, i.e. roofs
  • Any element that enhances the parking lot experience, i.e. landscaping, bike racks, etc.

Colville Together Design Committee administers the Façade & Building Improvement Grant Program and evaluates the applicant’s eligibility and need based on all the applicants. The number of grants available is dependent on annual funding for this program.  Grants will be available in coming years as well.

Any building owner whose property falls within the Colville Together focus area (3rd Ave to Birch Ave and Wynne St to Oak St) can apply for the Façade & Building Improvement Grant. Applications and the program guidelines are available at https://www.colvilletogether.org/facade-building-improvement-grant/. Completed Applications are due on February 25th and the grant will be closed.

Shop Local! Shop Safe! All season long!

Thank you Colville!  It was wonderful to see to everyone who participated in Shop Small Saturday for our fourth annual event.  It was a great success! Please continue to Shop Local and Shop Safe all season long to support our businesses. 

We will be drawing the winners for the passports on Friday this week, Dec. 4th, at 10m through Facebook Live.   If you were not able to turn in your passport on Saturday, please drop it off at the Chamber of Commerce office (996 S. Main Street Suite B) to be entered to win. 

We can’t wait to see you all downtown next year for Shop Small Saturday!