Outstanding Partnership: The Dalles Main Street and The City of The Dalles

One of the guiding principles of Main Street® is forging a true public-private partnership focused on downtown revitalization. That is exactly what they achieved in The Dalles. From the start, The City of The Dalles has provided financial support to launch the effort and provided staffing support through the RARE program. As The Dalles Main Street developed a stronger organizational foundation, The City of the Dalles provided additional funding support so the program could hire their first full time executive director. This partnership has continued to develop with additional funding for projects such as the Business Retention and Expansion program. The results of this partnership can be seen throughout the downtown. Visitors and community members can now find parklets, wayfinding kiosks, bike racks, holiday lights, and other improvements. Several new businesses have opened, others have moved and expanded. Several facade projects have been recently completed and interiors are being renovated. Many cities help launch local main street efforts, but in The Dalles, the City and local program continue to strengthen this relationship and work together to support on-going downtown revitalization.