Our Mission: Strengthen, Promote and Maintain our Successful Historic Downtown District.
Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association is a certified Washington State Main Street entity within the Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation. Washington State Main Street is a partner of the Main National Main Street Center (a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation). Collectively certified Main Street towns and overseeing entities help guide historic American towns and cities through historic preservation-based economic developments and programs and community revitalization.
The “historic catchment” of the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association, as designated by the Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation’s Main Street Program.
The eight guiding principles and four points of our Main Street approach work together to build a sustainable and complete community revitalization effort.
- Comprehensive. A single project cannot revitalize a downtown or commercial neighborhood. An ongoing series of initiatives is vital to build community support and create lasting progress.
- Incremental. Small projects make a big difference. They demonstrate that “things are happening” on Main Street and hone the skills and confidence the program will need to tackle more complex projects.
- Self-Help. The state can provide valuable direction and technical assistance, but only local leadership can breed long-term success by fostering and demonstrating community involvement and commitment to the revitalization effort.
- Public/Private Partnership. Every local Main Street program needs the support and expertise of both the public and private sectors. For an effective partnership, each must recognize the strengths and weaknesses of the other.
- Identifying and Capitalizing on Existing Assets. Unique offerings and local assets provide the solid foundation for a successful Main Street initiative.
- Quality. From storefront design to promotional campaigns to special events, quality must be instilled in the organization.
- Change. Changing community attitudes and habits is essential to bring about a commercial district renaissance. A carefully planned Main Street program will help shift public perceptions and practices to support and sustain the revitalization process.
- Action Oriented. Frequent visible changes in the look and activities of the commercial district will reinforce the perception of positive change. Small, but dramatic, improvements early in the process will remind the community that the revitalization effort is underway
4 Points of Focus
Organization involves building a Main Street framework that is well represented by business and property owners, bankers, citizens, historic preservationists, entrepreneurs, public officials, chambers of commerce, and other local economic development organizations. Everyone must work together to renew downtown. A strong organization provides the structure and stability to build and maintain a long-term effort.
Promotion creates excitement and vibrancy downtown. Street festivals, parades, retail events, and image development campaigns are some of the ways Main Street provides education on what’s downtown and encourages customer traffic. Promotion involves marketing an enticing image to shoppers, investors, and visitors.
Design enhances the look and feel of the commercial district. Historic building rehabilitation, street and alley clean-up, landscaping, street furniture, signage, visual merchandising and lighting all improve the physical image of the downtown as a quality place to shop, work, walk, invest in, and live. Design improvements result in a reinvestment of public and private dollars to downtown.
Economic Restructuring involves analyzing current market forces to develop long-term solutions. Recruiting new businesses, creatively converting unused space for new uses, and sharpening the competitiveness of Main Street’s traditional merchants are examples of economic restructuring activities.
To meet our multifaceted mission we rely on members, volunteers, community partners, donations and grants.
OUR Quarterly Meetings are Held at the Coupeville Rec Hall
2021 Virtual Meetings – January 21, April 15, July 15, and October 21 – Contact us to receive information about signing into virtual meetings. We will go back to in person meetings when it’s safe to do so.
CHWA membership is open to anyone with an interest in the preservation and a love of Coupeville and its history. Membership dues are $50.00 per year (0.13 percent of a penny per day).
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COUPEVILLE FARMERS MARKET is Open Every Saturday April through October
Here’s a few fun Coupeville pictures from our archives. Enjoy.