KENNEWICK, Wash. - A bill to save Washington's Main Street Program passes the House 91 to 7 and now heads to the Senate. The state program helps communities develop their own strategies to stimulate long term economic growth and pride in their community.
The program started in Kennewick in 2003. Since the start, downtown Kennewick has introduced over $150,000 in public art and over $1 million in facade improvements. It has also helped out a number of small businesses. If the bill is passed, the program will move out of the Department of Commerce and into the Department of Archaeology and Preservation. Kennewick Economic Developer, Tim Dalton, says it's important to preserve history while creating more economic opportunity. "It's all about job creation and its an affordable program that creates jobs in the downtown and does downtown revitalization," said Dalton.
Dalton says they plan on adding more pubic art and a kiosk in downtown Kennewick for 2010.