Four committees of CPBA leaders and neighborhood volunteers have been working together for one year, an effort that began after conversations and concerns arose last summer about the need to support local businesses. The committees were structured on the Main Street model and have been working to explore and implement ideas for economic vitality, streetscape improvements, resources, and promotions and marketing.
The Main Street program, developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, provides funding, organizational support, and capacity-building for the revitalization of neighborhood business districts. Nearby successful Main Street programs in D.C. include the Van Ness Main Street, Dupont Circle Main Street, and the Georgetown Main Street.
CPBA leaders and volunteers met recently with Councilwoman Mary Cheh to discuss the process, and will next be reaching out to the mayor’s office to secure funding for the program in fiscal year 2020.