Downtown Washington PA

Downtown Washington PA

Washington , PA

http://www.downtownwashingtonpa.com

The Washington Business District is in the midst of a comeback. Washington is located 30 miles southwest of the City of Pittsburgh and is the county seat of Washington County. Washington is a walkable community with surrounding neighborhoods and Washington & Jefferson College. Washington is steeped in strong historic roots dating back to the 18th century. Washington was the backdrop to the famous Whiskey Rebellion in the 1790s and today that historic event is celebrated each summer during the Whiskey Rebellion Festival. Locals and visitors alike learn of the first large scale protest against the newly formed US government. The Festival includes street theater topped off with a live "tar-and-feathering." Today, two popular whiskey distillers can be found in downtown as well a winery, and a brewery. These local libations are mixed beside popular restaurants, cafés, and retail shops - old and new. The Washington Business District Authority (WBDA) is working to help grow and promote the existing businesses and encourage new opportunities among its historic building stock. One spot in particular has helped bring new activity and business to Main Street - the Community Pavilions. These steel structures were built atop of an existing parking lot. Every Thursday from May through October, local farmers bring local produce and goods to market for the last 15 years. Increased participation to the market has encouraged new events such as a First Fridays series, Italian Festival, Holiday Market, and a growing number of community activities. Washington has been the heart of the community and the county since its establishment on the National Road. While several new businesses have opened in recent years, there is much room for new development and improvements. If selected, WBDA would utilize the prize for façade improvements, public art, and business attraction strategies.