For over 30-years, Vancouver’s Downtown Association has led the way for positive change in downtown. We accomplish this through our active members who volunteer on our committees.
We encourage you to get in touch with us and discover the opportunities available for you to give back to your community, and make a difference.
Invest in Vancouver’s Downtown Association
You have options! VDA recognizes that there are various kinds of stakeholders in our city center. It’s easy to complete the registration form and handle your investment below.
Small Business $175.00
Multi-Location Business $350.00
Property Owner $400.00
Public/Government Agencies $300.00
Volunteer with VDA
Vancouver’s Downtown Association is a busy, volunteer-driven organization that makes good things happen because GOOD PEOPLE share their talents and great ideas with us. Do you have some extra time, a great idea, or a talent you would like to invest in our downtown? Contact our Executive Director, Lee Rafferty, at 258-1129.
Join a Committee and Make a Difference
If you are interested in how you can make good things happen in downtown Vancouver, contact our office by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call our office at: 360-258-1129.
Economic Development | Chair Julie Arenz
Help strengthen Downtown’s economic base while expanding and diversifying its businesses. This committee is forming a Retail Strategy that includes business retention and recruitment, improving the downtown infrastructure, and crafting an authentic message to relay the downtown experience.Meetings are the fourth Thursday of each month at 8:30 AM at VDA’s office, 811 Main Street, 98660.
Executive Committee | Chair Linda Reid
The Executive Committee is made up of the officers of the Board of Directors. They meet monthly to discuss VDA’s budget and other administrative activities that keep VDA running smoothly.
Design Committee | Chair Lee Coulthard
Capitalizing on its best assets, the Design Committee is constantly seeking ways to improve downtown infrastructure. Most recently the Design Committee oversaw the installation of 30 trees on Main Street. Each year it installs 250 flower baskets throughout downtown and sponsors an annual Spring Clean Up. Donate to the flower basket program now and keep the love alive! Contact Lee Rafferty at email@example.com if you would like to get involved.
Promotions Committee | Chair Linda Reid
Through an effective promotions strategy, this committee is successfully marketing Downtown’s unique characteristics. It sponsors the monthly First Friday Art Walk, creates the Downtown Walking Map and much more. The Promotions Committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 9 AM at the Java House (210 West Evergreen).
VDA Investor Relations Sub Committee | Chair Celinda Rupert
Join the group that grows VDA members through communication strategies, advocacy and business support. Meetings are on the second Monday of the month at 8:30 AM at VDA’s office (811 Main Street)
Quick Facts: Main Street Tax Credit Incentive Program
Washington State Department of Revenue
This program is highly competitive throughout the State of Washington. Pledges MUST BE MADE as quickly after midnight on 12/31/2016 or the allotted funds will be gone.
THIS is how to put your excise tax dollars to work in your own downtown…regardless of where the tax is incurred. You get to choose where your dollars are invested!
If you decide to participate in this opportunity, here are the very quick facts………
- A pledge made at midnight on 12/31/2016 would not need to be funded until late December 2017
- The 75% credit that it creates can be taken as early as January 1, 2018.
- The sign up process is easily done. I can talk your financial department through it easily
- The State has set a limit both in the amount that is available Statewide for this opportunity (1.5 million)and for the amount that our community can shelter forward ($100,000)
- Remember, 75% of this is tax you would pay anyway. The remaining 25% can be treated as a charitable donation………an investment in your local community. VDA is a 501©3 nonprofit.
- Vancouver’s Downtown Association is the highest performing downtown organization in the State of Washington with regard to bringing this funding opportunity to bear in our city center. We take this commitment seriously and will invest your dollars carefully.
- Here are links to the State’s information:
As you consider this request, if you have questions….or your colleagues have questions, please have them call me. Lee Rafferty, 360-258-1129 (office) 360-606-4236 cell email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for being a downtown supporter and a big vision thinker. Because of you, wonderful things are happening in our city center!
Some good information about the program:
JUST THE FAQS
OVERVIEW & LEGISLATION
Vancouver’s Downtown Association would like to thank the following businesses and downtown supporters who have generously invested in our work through the Main Street Tax Credit Incentive Program:
Our 2016 Donors:
Albina Fuel (for a sixth year)
Bader Beer and Wine Supply (for a sixth year)
Johnson Bixby & Associates, LLC (for a sixth year)
Davidson and Associates (for a third year)
Heritage Bank (for a third year)
Hi-School Pharmacy (for a third year)
Horenstein Law Group (for a second year)
Biggs Insurance (for a third year)
Sales Solutions, Inc. (for a second year)
Our 2015 Donors:
Heritage Bank (for a fourthyear)
Johnson Bixby and Associates (for a sixth year)
Davidson and Associates (for a fifth year)
Biggs Insurance (for a fourth year)
Hi-School Pharmacy (for a fourth year)
Bader Beer and Wine (for a sixth year)
Horenstein Law Group LLC (for a third year)
Sales Solutions, Inc (for a third year)
Our Previous Donors
- The Holland/Burgerville
- Gift Services
- The Columbian
- International Air Academy
- Kiewit Infrastructure West
- Columbia Cascade
- Bank of Clark County
- First Independent Bank
- Riverview Community Bank
- Miller Nash
- RSV Construction Services
- Biggs Insurance
- Phoenix Industrial
- DSP Architecture
- Scott Horenstein Law
- The Mekos Corporation
- Corwin Beverage Co.
- Columbia Machine
- Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt
- Pacific Continental Bank
- The Al Angelo Company
- Pacific Continental Bank