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NATIONAL AND WASHINGTON MAIN STREET PROGRAMS TEAM UP TO CONDUCT RESOURCE VISIT IN DOWNTOWN GIG HARBOR

The National Main Street Center and the Washington State Main Street Program are teaming up to conduct a Resource Team visit in Gig Harbor, WA on Wednesday, December 14th and Thursday, December 15th. The Team will be evaluating the downtown commercial district’s issues and opportunities and will recommend short-term and long-term strategies for the revitalization of Gig Harbor’s historic waterfront district.

The Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association (GHHWA) has been working on downtown revitalization through the Washington Main Street Program for over three years. Gig Harbor was designated a Washington Main Street Community in May of 2011 along with Prosser, WA. The Resource Team visit is a valuable benefit of this designation.

“We are looking forward to gaining an outside perspective from veteran downtown professionals, and hearing their recommendations for GHHWA as we move forward,” said Mary DesMarais, Executive Director of the GHHWA.

The resource team will be meeting with the GHHWA’s board of directors, four committees (promotion, economic development, design, and organization), and key stakeholders of the community including downtown business and property owners, city officials, and realtors and developers.

After the visit, the team will develop recommendations for the GHHWA based on their observations. There will be an open-to-the-pubic presentation on Thursday, December 15th at 11:00 a.m. that will outline the team’s initial findings.

LOCAL CONTACT:

Mary DesMarais, Executive Director

Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association

Office: (253) 514-0071

executivedirector@ghhwa.org

www.gigharborwaterfront.org

PROGRAM CONTACT:

Sarah Hansen

Washington State Main Street Program Coordinator

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

Office: (206)-624-9449

Cell: (206)-902-7000

shansen@preservewa.org

www.preservewa.org

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The Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to bringing together community and waterfront district stakeholders, encouraging economic vitality and preserving our historic character. The office is located at 3133 Harborview Drive, Suite 101. For information about the GHHWA contact Mary DesMarais, Executive Director, at (253) 514-0071.