Mission of the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association (CHWA): 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, the Main Street movement helps guide historic American towns and cities through historic preservation-based economic development and community revitalization across the country.
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.
Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association strives to create a cohesive and positive environment for business and property owners, local citizens, visitors, customers, historians, potential investors and new businesses, based on Coupeville’s unique HISTORY, location and downtown attributes.
The eight guiding principles and four points of our Main Street approach work together to build a sustainable and complete community revitalization effort.
8 Guiding Principles
- 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
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 Public Meetings – January 21, April 15, July 15, and October 21
Coupeville Rec Hall – 901 NW Alexander St, Coupeville, WA 98239 map
Breakfast Served at 8:30am. Meeting starts at 9:00am
We’ll be glad to see you.
NOTE: 2020 Public Meeting suspended via Covid19 crisis. IF we are able to arrange one before January 2020 we will update this page. Thank you.
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. Enjoy.