Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance

Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance

Gig Harbor, WA

http://www.gigharborwaterfront.org

Formed in 2008, the Alliance adopted the Main Street Approach as their framework for encouraging economic vitality and preserving their unique fishing heritage. Today, the Alliance is a well-oiled machine, boasting four strong, active committees overseen by an engaged board of directors and a highly capable staff of three. The Alliance offers creative initiatives to bring more people to the downtown district, including Girls Night Out, the Waterfront Farmers Market, Autumn and Winter Sip & Strolls, and a community partnership supporting the Summer Trolley Project. Additional projects include business focused workshops; activities that highlight the area's unique heritage, such as the Waterfront Walking Tours; summer flower baskets, and opportunities for the community to make their mark on downtown at the annual volunteer spring clean-up event. "Volunteerism, partnerships, and passion define the people that together make up the Downtown Waterfront Alliance," says Executive Director, Mary DesMarais. "They believe in the mission of the Alliance, they love their community, and they are committed to making a difference. As a result, we are experiencing tremendous momentum that impacts both the present and the future of our beautiful downtown waterfront in a positive way." Part of the Alliance's mission is to bring together downtown waterfront stakeholders. They have accomplished this with an inclusive volunteer base of residents, organizations, and businesses. These partnerships have allowed them to leverage their local assets and enhance their downtown district. In 2019 alone, the Alliance logged over 3,300 volunteer hours. "The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance is a leading example of Main Street principles at work: local people working together to make change," said Breanne Durham, Washington State Main Street Coordinator. "The Alliance's impact on Gig Harbor cannot be overstated, and we continue to be blown away by their commitment and passion."