The Washington Main Street Program
Since 1984, the Washington State Main Street Program has been helping communities revitalize the economy, appearance, and image of their downtown commercial districts.Using local resources and initiative, the state program helps communities develop their own strategies to stimulate long-term economic growth and pride in the heart of the community- downtown.The program guide and handbook are attached below.
The Ridgefield Main Street Program is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of downtown Ridgefield, while advocating for its future, through economic development, community events, public and private partnerships, and unified branding and marketing of the downtown core.
Mission: Our mission is to create a sustainable, vibrant downtown that is the heart and soul of our city by showcasing our unique destination and history, and by nurturing our sense of community.
General community meetings are held the third Thursday of every month at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse & Saloon at 8:30 a.m.
Four Point Approach
Through a number of projects, RMS focuses on these key areas as part of the Washington Main Street Program:
We work to strengthen our existing economic assets while diversifying the downtown area. We do this by identifying potential, finding new uses for vacant of underused spaces and improving business practices.
Working closely with private and public groups, we are seeking to improve the visual quality of Downtown. Projects include cover buildings, signs, window displays, landscaping, and the environment. Our goal is to create a safe, vibrant place for all Ridgefield residents.
There are a number of private groups, businesses, and governmental agencies all committed to making Downtown Ridgefield a jewel nestled right outside the door of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the Pacific Northwest. The Ridgefield Main Street Program seeks to unify these voices in advocacy and management of the Downtown area.
Ridgefield Main Street is focused on promoting downtown in a positive manner allowing the community to focus on the downtown as a source of community pride, social activity, and economic development potential.
Board of Directors
President: Judy Hinz
Vice President: Sandy Schill
Secretary: Frank Shuman
Treasurer: Steve Coxen
At Large Member: Stan Okinaka
At Large Member: John Main
Ex-Officio for City of Ridgefield: Lee Knottnerus, Deputy City Manager
Ex-Officio for Port of Ridgefield: Brent Grening, CEO
Ex-Officio for Ridgefield School District: Nathan McCann, Superintendent
Ex-Officio for Ridgefield Business Association: Terry Hurd, Sportsman’s Steakhouse & Saloon
Executive Director: Marykay Lamoureaux