The Dalles Main Street Program was awarded non-profit status in April. The organization is now registered as a non-profit in Oregon and with the IRS.
Main Street strives to improve and revitalize the downtown community. Its philosophy is that a strong downtown helps the entire community be successful.
“Most individual businesses are for supporting downtown, we just need to find out in what capacity,” said Chuck Covert, Main Street Board President, of Napa Auto Parts.
Covert noted that a minority of property owners was all that was needed to halt an economic improvement district that would have paid for a Main Street director. “Hood River voted against their EID, but it has still managed to improve their downtown. This is one place we can learn from other communities.”
Claudia Leash, of Sigman’s Flowers, is the organization’s secretary. A vice president and treasurer are still being sought.
Main Street committees continue to seek new participants in monthly meetings that include: promotion, design and business.
The promotion committee is gearing up for Jammin’ July Streetfest on July 13, its signature downtown event.
Vendor participation has doubled from last year with both new and returning vendors. The committee welcomes donations to assure success for this year’s event. Posters for the event are available at Lines of Design.
Main Street is also working on establishing pocket parks and bike racks. A historical building tour with The Dalles Chapter E.J. PEO in the fall, and added events for the popular Halloween trick or treat are in the works. A website is in progress and will be ready soon at downtownthedalles.com.
The organization is on Facebook under “TDMainStreet.”