Main Street Program

FirstFridayEvent The Beaverton Main Street program is an approach to neighborhood revitalization that has been implemented in one business district since 2011. The program provides customized support to each district in order to attract new businesses and new jobs to the neighborhood. Support may include marketing and event planning, financial assistance for design and promotions, facade and streetscape improvements, technical support, and more. This program operates under the general auspices of the 2011-2016 City of Beaverton Economic Development Strategy. The Main Street program is based on a four-point approach to commercial neighborhood revitalization: Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Restructuring. Read more about the Main Street Approach. The City of Beaverton works with Oregon Main Street to implement the Main Street Approach. This approach was developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help revitalize downtown commercial districts.
Currently, work has been focused on Downtown Beaverton where Economic Develop staff has provided technical assistance, training, and funding to the newly formed Beaverton Downtown Association (BDA) The BDA consists of business owners, property owners, residents, and other community members who care about Downtown Beaverton.

The Beaverton Main Street programs are:

Accomplishments


This bullet points below represent general accomplishments. Specific accomplishments for each Main Street are located on the respective website.

  • The City of Beaverton is now designated as an “Exploring Downtown Community” through the State of Oregon Main Street Program.
  • A Facade Improvement Program grant was created for CDBG eligible areas of the downtown core (Broadway). A financing program for surrounding areas of the Downtown core was created through Banner Bank.
  • Provided more than $22,000 in funding to the BDA between 2011-2013 via the Main Street Seed Fund for downtown revitalization efforts including First Friday, A Taste of Vintage Holidays, and Historic Downtown Plaques.
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Main Street Seed Fund


The City of Beaverton established a Main Street Seed Fund to meaningfully address neighborhood economic development. Eligible organizations can apply for up to $2,000 for projects that demonstrate the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Approach to downtown revitalization.

Resources

  • National Main Street Center (NMSC) - The NMSC is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation whose mission is to advance preservation-based revitalization of commercial districts throughout the country.
  • Oregon Main Street - The Oregon Main Street Program works with communities to develop comprehensive, incremental revitalization strategies based on a community’s unique assets, character, and heritage.
  • Twenty Ingredients of an Outstanding Destination - A presentation by Downtown placemaking expert Roger Brooks.