The Downtown Association of Yakima (DAY) joined 32 other Washington communities in becoming a certified Washington Main Street program in January 2015. After completing its first year as an official organization, the group is releasing its 2015 annual report.
Included in the report are programing highlights and details regarding funding, and plans for 2016.
“The pilot façade program was our most significant project from 2015,” said President Victor De Long. “Imagine how 1 to 2 projects a year for the next ten years would change the face of our downtown and strengthen our economic core.”
The façade program is now up and running and open for applications. In addition to the façade program and outreach, the group promoted, funded, created and assisted in over 20 unique events which took place in downtown; 16 of which were free and family focused and brought an estimated 15,000 people into the downtown.
Development plans for 2016 include continued emphasis on the creation, assistance and promotion of events in downtown; Second Saturday, Craft Beverage Walk, Cruise the Ave and more. The group’s plans also include awarding 2-4 grants to local businesses for façade enhancements, developing an “Activating the Alleys” program to provide lighted walking spaces through our city core, assisting in downtown landscaping, as well as updating the downtown business guide and creating a pocket event calendar.