Why the Main Street Program Works

It will work for Colville!

Breanne Durham the coordinator from the Washington State Main Street Program was here at the end of June and shared with us a bit more about the Main Street Program and why it works. Here are her key points:

Direction: The Main Street Approach provides a tried-and-true framework for organizing the community efforts for revitalization. It is a comprehensive program, not just concentrated on a single project, but it is an ongoing focus on a series of efforts to have lasting progress because of community involvement.

Engagement: Main Street is about PEOPLE. Partnerships, community involvement, collaboration and communication are key. Support from public and private members of the community are what makes a successful program.

Incremental: Small changes make a big difference. Little transformations, like swept sidewalks and clean windows show the care our community has for downtown.  Downtown tours for the community share our history and help the community know where we have come from. These little things may seem inconsequential but make our community a better place.


Do you want to know more about the Main Street Approach?  How are you involved in our community? What small changes do you want to see downtown?

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Colville Has a Main Street Program

Did you Know!


Colville Together is a new non-profit organization focused on the preserving and planning of downtown Colville. We are an affiliate of the Washington Main Street Program which functions under the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.  The focus of our organization is the physical environment of downtown Colville.  Primarily we are focused on the buildings, as well as the streets, the sidewalks and the trees. Our mission statement and purpose is:

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

We strongly believe that a comfortable downtown environment encourages new businesses, community use, and attracts tourists. Colville is blessed with an amazing downtown, which holds a fantastic variety of building styles and types.  One of our principal goals is to work with building owners to restore and revitalize the buildings of our downtown.  Downtown Colville is a unique and beautiful place, let’s maintain the excellent elements and polish some of the buildings that are neglected and deteriorating into the jewels of our community.