Doing Business Downtown



Doing Business Downtown

The Port Angeles Downtown Association welcomes you to Downtown.  Downtown is a great place to do business. A vibrant Downtown is the heart of the community.

The association was formed in 1983 and became a Main Street™ program in 1991. Our office is located at 208 North Laurel in the Chase Bank Building.

In 1985, a Parking Business Improvement Area (PBIA) was established by the City of Port Angeles as a funding mechanism for the association at the request of the Downtown business community. The Downtown association manages the PBIA for the City. All businesses within the boundaries of the PBIA are members of the Port Angeles Downtown association.  Additionally, businesses outside of the Central Business District (CBD) and individuals in the community can also become members.

The Port Angeles Downtown works with its members, the City and the community to oversee the economy, appearance, and the image of Downtown.  We host numerous special events throughout the year such as Halloween Trick or Treat, and the Community Tree Lighting and other retail promotions. Art on the Town™, a very successful and nationally acclaimed project was started in 1999.  In addition, the association works with other organizations sponsoring events in the downtown year round.  A Calendar of Events happening in downtown can be found on the News page of this website.

We deliver a monthly newsletter to our members (with archived editions available in the News section of this website). We coordinate the Christmas Decorations including the pole decorations and street tree lights. We work with the City in maintaining the downtown streetscape and we have created and installed new benches for Downtown.

The Port Angeles Downtown association is a non-profit organization operated by a board of directors with an Executive Director using the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street program . We are funded through a parking management and Main Street contracts with the City of Port Angeles, PBIA assessments, associate memberships and funds received through the Washington State Main Street Tax Incentive program.  For more information about our plans, goals, and objectives, visit our office and attend our general meetings. You are encouraged to join any of our committees: Promotion, Design, Business Development, Organization and Parking.  For meeting schedules refer to the website calendar, meeting schedule

We look forward to working in partnership with you to help you create a successful future for your business.

PADA INVESTMENT IN DOWNTOWN PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

  • Pedestrian Street lights--Purchased with the city, our contribution $9,164.25

  • New benches $33,000--The design and program implementation won a 2008 Washington State CTED for Excellence in Design award

  • Art on the town art work purchased –over $350,000 plus monthly maintenance 
    Pedestals and plaques $500 – $600 per year plus installation
    One sculpture purchased per year to add to the collection 
    Art On the town brochure – updated yearly
     
  • Avenue of the People
    Publicist that gave the city recognition throughout the Pacific Northwest $5,000
    Project won a 2009 Washington State CTED Excellence in Design award

  • Parking management/maintenance
    Sweeping/landscaping/weed control/ice removal/striping
  • Street Light Pole Banners

  • Christmas decorations
    Pole decorations (wreaths and trees) $5200 refurbishing the decorations won a 2004 Washington State CTED award ● Skylines (snowflakes) Street Tree lights $3500 to Kiwanis for hanging and $3,000 for lights - $6500 annually Community Christmas tree lights $500 annually

  • Concrete planters - $8,400

  • Hanging basket at Fountain $250 annually

  • Numerous Promotions/events $5,000 annually

  • Community Tree Lighting Open Houses Girls Night Out TGIF   Merchants in Action ● Sidewalk Sales Trick or Treat/3,000 children ● Heritage Weekend

  • Partner with Marathon, Crab Fest, Strait Thunder, Heritage Days, Arts In Action

  • Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce, Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau

  • Downtown Resource Officer invested $15,000 in start up costs
    Provided office space, including phone and internet line (until Gateway completion)
    Hold the bank account to purchase and maintain Segway

  • Purchase to retain and maintenance of the mural “Norman” - $3,000

  • Coordinate efforts to remove graffiti, weeds, trash in alleys and throughout downtown

  • Annual Clean Sweep with IBC youth

  • Retain lines of communication between city hall and downtown businesses

  • Facade improvement program
    Over 100 buildings have received monetary and design assistance with paint colors and signage placement & design over the last 15 years

  • Streetscape Design manual
    Three people each spent approximately 120 hours over 2 years on initial document (continually updated)
    Approved by the City Council and the template for streetscape elsewhere in the city

  • Marketing of the business district
    Destination Downtown $500 -$750 per issue ● www.portangelesdowntown.com ● Events
    Coupon Books ● Local media group advertising ● Business Directory updated semiannually
      
  • Lead in revitalization of Downtown

  • State recognition as a Main Street community for 20+ years

  • National recognition as a Main Street community through the National Trust for Historic Preservation for 15 years

  • Conduit for access to CERB loans and grants because of Main Street status

  • Access to B&O and PUT tax donations through Main Street tax credit incentive program to be used to for Main Street programs, i.e. Design, Promotion, Business Development and Organization.
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