In 2020, Port Townsend, Washington, will celebrate the 35th anniversary of its Main Street program. Year after year, the Port Townsend Main Street Program preserves, promotes and enhances the community’s historic business districts. As this work continues in the new year, Port Townsend’s small businesses and local culture will be even stronger and more vibrant.
The Port Townsend Main Street Program began in 1985 to support the community’s uptown, downtown and everything in between. The historic waterfront community in the Pacific Northwest boasts old façades and quaint streets lined with small businesses—thanks in large part to the work of the dedicated Main Street program that is committed to historic preservation.
Along with preserving the community’s history, the Port Townsend Main Street Program also looks ahead. In 2020, the Main Street program will continue local traditions with a calendar full of local events. From an Earth Day Clean Up event to a Downtown Trick or Treat, the schedule of events will help the community celebrate together with local businesses and downtown pride.
The Port Townsend Main Street Program will also brighten the community by continuing its “Light at the End of the Tunnel” (LENT) microloan program. The program provides low-interest loans to help small businesses offset some of the financial burden caused by unexpected emergencies. Loans can be used to recover from natural disasters, infrastructure failure and other devastating crises. With these loans, the Port Townsend Main Street Program helps struggling small business find the light at the end of the long tunnel to recovery. LENT loans come from a revolving fund, which ensures that funds are replenished to prepare for the next emergency.
A new year in Port Townsend, Washington, means continued support for small businesses, local residents and the historic town they love. Thanks to the Port Townsend Main Street Program, the community’s commercial districts will thrive for another year.
For more information about the Port Townsend Main Street Program, visit www.ptmainstreet.org.