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Meet Our Four Committees

Experience Chehalis utilizes Main Street’s Four Point Approach, a proven method of comprehensive commercial district revitalization.  Below are our four committees which work together to build a sustainable and complete community revitalization effort.  There is a committee chair and volunteers for each of the four committees. We are always looking for hard-working, passionate volunteers to join this exciting and rewarding endeavor.

Design

The design committee creates programs and projects to enhance the look and feel of the downtown district.  Historic building rehabilitation, street and alley clean-up, landscaping, street furniture, signage, art installations, 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.

  • Complete streetscape improvements
  • Coordinate spring plantings downtown
  • Evaluate existing physical assets for needed upgrades
  • Work with local artists adding art to our community
  • Manage holiday decorations

Chair:  Emily von Flotow | organdy.salvage@gmail.com
Meetings: First Wednesdays, 4 p.m. at Chehalis Coworks (or via Zoom)

Economic Vitality

The economic vitality committee 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.

  • Strengthening existing businesses and recruiting new ones
  • Create and manage Façade Improvement Program
  • Maintain and promote Empty Building Inventory
  • Monitor economic performance and progress
  • Promote business opportunities downtown
  • Review infrastructure needs & carry out related projects

Chair:  Laura Six  |  laura.six@weyerhaeuser.com
Meetings: Fourth Fridays, Noon at the Shire (or via Zoom)

Promotion

The promotion committee works on projects to create excitement and vibrancy downtown. Tourism programs, retail events, and image development campaigns are some of the ways the promotion committee provides education on what’s downtown and encourages customer traffic. Promotion involves marketing an enticing image to shoppers, investors, and visitors.

  • Produce Experience Chehalis & Lewis County Visitor Guides
  • Manages social media & e-newsletter campaign
  • Promotes Chehalis community & business events
  • Manages Choose Local First program
  • Manages ChehalisFest
  • Oversees www.ExperienceChehalis.com

Chair:  David James | david@davidgjames.com
Meetings:  First Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. at Market St. Bakery (or via Zoom)

Organization

The Organization Committee plays a key role in keeping the board, committees, and staff functioning by attracting people and money to the Main Street program. To succeed, this committee must take responsibility for managing these financial and logistical aspects of the non-profit organization. Focused on building a strong organizational structure and stability to build and maintain a long-term effort.

  • Manages Experience Chehalis budget and finances
  • Promotes Experience Chehalis to community partners
  • Establishes Experience Chehalis policy
  • Manages B&O Tax Incentive Program
  • Recruits Volunteers

Chair:  Michele Gallagher| gallagher565@comcast.net
Meetings:  Second Wednesday, 4 p.m. via Zoom

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