Check out our recent lighting improvements at 9th & Main! These improvements are responding to the need of improved lighting in pedestrian corridors throughout downtown—guided by feedback received from business owners and the public. These improvements are a part of our clean and safe initiative, Spruce the Couve. Graffiti removal, power washing, new trash cans, improved lighting, and community clean-ups are all examples of tasks that are currently being completed under this program. Spruce the Couve will improve the quality of life of our residents, increase

VDA’s newest initiative, JumpStart Downtown is live! JumpStart Downtown is an e-commerce assistance program providing businesses located in the downtown core tailored services to improve their online presence. These services will help mitigate the negative impacts of COVID-19 and will ensure business resiliency post-pandemic. SERVICES OFFERED: Website Assistance E-commerce development Competitive analysis Content strategy Search engine optimization Local listings development Social Media Assistance Branding / marketing Content analysis Messaging analysis ELIGIBILITY: Business must have experienced negative impacts from COVID-19 Preference is given to low/moderate income households (we encourage all

Last month, we challenged our downtown businesses to gather a group of coworkers to take on a beautification project of their choosing in conjunction with our annual spring clean-up. Approximately 60 volunteers took on a variety of projects ranging from landscape beautification, mural installations, graffiti removal, litter pick-up, and power-washing. Seven wonderful projects were submitted for a chance to win a prize sponsored by Columbia Credit Union. In the end all teams won a prize, but two Grand Prize Winners - Gravitate and LSW Architects were

Over 70 hard working volunteers gathered 14.5 yards of debris & trash and planted 1,200 flowers in Esther Short Park for the Spruce the Couve downtown clean-up event on Saturday! THANK YOU to our dedicated volunteers and Frontier Landscaping for spending their Saturday enhancing our beautiful downtown as we welcome back the public. This was a collaborative effort between the Vancouver’s Downtown Association, City of Vancouver, and Parks Foundation of Clark County. Thank you to our video producer, Casey Evans Media, for capturing this effort!

We are excited to announce that our Launchpad winner, Dandelion Teahouse Apothecary, will be opening on Saturday, May 22nd. Downtown Vancouver businesses provided monetary resources and in-kind services to make this business dream a reality. Check out today's Columbian article highlighting Dandelion's story & offerings! The Columbian—Launchpad winner Marianne Wilson Stein will open Dandelion Teahouse & Apothecary on Saturday, May 22nd, in downtown Vancouver. Stein won the $40,000 prize from Vancouver’s Downtown Association in August. Her teahouse concept was picked from a pool of over 35 applicants

We are thrilled to announce that VDA's parklet initiative was featured in the Urban Land Institute's newest international publication, The Pandemic and the Public Realm. Vancouver was featured alongside 10 other cities including Paris, Melbourne, and Buenos Aires. This effort was a collaborative partnership between VDA, LSW Architects, Riff Creative, FrontdoorBack, and Vancouver, Washington City Government. Check out the publication here (download PDF for best viewing experience)

VDA's annual report is available for viewing! In 2020, VDA kept downtown resilient by developing and executing programs to meet unexpected challenges, while also keeping downtown vibrant by continuing our legacy programs. Last year, our 40 committee volunteers contributed over 1,700 hours to work on initiatives to support our downtown community. CLICK HERE FOR ANNUAL REPORT

VDA is partnering with Office Moms & Dads to activate their new storefront on 8th & Main! Leveraging Seanette Corkill, owner of FrontdoorBack, and VDA Design Committee members, we are providing direct assistance to help them get their new space up and running. Stay tuned for updates! Office Moms & Dads partners with child welfare offices to provide a nurturing environment for children entering foster care. Learn more: www.officemomsanddads.com  

VDA's Flower Basket Program will return mid-may with 95 glorious baskets adding color and vibrancy from 5th through Uptown Village. These baskets will showcase our community pride and resiliency as the public is welcomed back into downtown. WE NEED YOUR HELP—our beloved program relies purely on donations from individuals & businesses to make this effort possible. We appreciate any support, large & small! DONATE ONLINE: www.vdausa.org/flower-baskets CASH & CHECKS: Vancouver's Downtown Association 811 Main Street Vancouver, WA 98660 Your donation is tax-deductible due to our 501 c(3) status. Your name will

We are in the process of installing new litter receptacles throughout our downtown core! This effort is in response to feedback received by business owners and the public. Our new standard features graphics referencing Vancouver’s sense of place, Esther Short Park and Grant Street Pier, more iterations to come. ⁣ ⁣Swipe right to see the old standard that we are replacing.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣This effort is a part of our new “clean & safe” initiative, Spruce the Couve, which focuses on lighting improvements, graffiti removal, power washing, and

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