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[email protected]  |  (724) 201-1558

About the WBDA

Dedicated to a Thriving Downtown

Our Mission

Serving as the steward of Downtown Washington, the WBDA works with businesses, property owners, and community members to nurture a vibrant Downtown that delights citizens and visitors alike with its charm and character. By celebrating and conserving our history, leveraging local creativity and resources, and maintaining strong community partnerships, we ensure the long-term dynamism of the heart of Washington County.

Our Purpose

To support and grow local businesses, host impactful events, enhance our spaces and physical assets, and engage our community in making Downtown a better place for everyone to work in and enjoy.

Special Services District

The WBDA covers a 14 block radius, framed by Walnut Street to the north, the train tracks to the south, the centerline of Franklin to the west, and the centerline of College to the east. This Business Improvement District (BID) was created by city ordinance (Ordinance No. 1611) for the purpose of improving and providing administrative services to the central business district of the City of Washington.

Good Neighbors

At the WBDA, we invest where it matters: Washington. We know there are phenomenal things happening beyond the central business district. We invite all Washington businesses to join us as Good Neighbors.

Sarah Collier

Main Street Manager

A Note From Our Main Street Manager

Welcome!

I have a confession: I’m from not here. I didn’t go to Wash High or even Washington & Jefferson College. I’m an East Coast transplant, but when we moved to the area for my partner’s job, we both fell in love with Washington’s beautiful buildings and friendly people. So we bought a house, thrilled by the combination of proximity to Pittsburgh, lower taxes, and lots of green spaces, and we put down roots.

Twelve years later, Washington is my new hometown. We aren’t a big city, but we have a lot of things to brag about. We have a symphony, a community theater, a library, a local radio station, and a newspaper. We do some big things: our Christmas Parade has been a family tradition for more than 30 years, the summer First Fridays draw people from all over, and the Whiskey Rebellion Festival brings thousands of folks Downtown every July. We are also really proud of our Small things: almost all of our Downtown merchants and services are small businesses, locally owned, and locally operated. When you shop our weekly Farmers Market, you’re likely buying food grown 15 miles away.

These assets and amenities are tremendous, but what truly makes Downtown Washington home is the everyday happenings of living in a community. People say “Good morning!” when they pass you on the sidewalk and make small talk while waiting in line. The woman at the coffee shop knows my drink order, and someone’s always around to let me know when I’ve left my car windows down in the rain. People call our office because they are driving but need a phone number or address for someone else in town. We know and care about one another. Downtown Washington is home because folks like you and me wanted to make this their home too. And if we haven’t had a chance to meet, I hope I get to know you soon.

Whether you’re looking for something to do, something to eat, or somewhere to have a cocktail with friends, I hope you find this website helpful. If you’re new to town, check out Yoga in the Park, Nature for Preschoolers, Washington Food Group, or one of our Main Street Mixers. Connect with us on Facebook or Instagram and sign up for our newsletter, and always feel free to just give me a call

Again, welcome to Downtown Washington. We are really glad you’re here. 

Sarah Collier

A Note From Our Main Street Manager

Welcome!

I have a confession: I’m from not here. I didn’t go to Wash High or even Washington & Jefferson College. I’m an East Coast transplant, but when we moved to the area for my partner’s job, we both fell in love with Washington’s beautiful buildings and friendly people. So we bought a house, thrilled by the combination of proximity to Pittsburgh, lower taxes, and lots of green spaces, and we put down roots.

Twelve years later, Washington is my new hometown. We aren’t a big city, but we have a lot of things to brag about. We have a symphony, a community theater, a library, a local radio station, and a newspaper. We do some big things: our Christmas Parade has been a family tradition for more than 30 years, the summer First Fridays draw people from all over, and the Whiskey Rebellion Festival brings thousands of folks Downtown every July. We are also really proud of our Small things: almost all of our Downtown merchants and services are small businesses, locally owned, and locally operated. When you shop our weekly Farmers Market, you’re likely buying food grown 15 miles away.

These assets and amenities are tremendous, but what truly makes Downtown Washington home is the everyday happenings of living in a community. People say “Good morning!” when they pass you on the sidewalk and make small talk while waiting in line. The woman at the coffee shop knows my drink order, and someone’s always around to let me know when I’ve left my car windows down in the rain. People call our office because they are driving but need a phone number or address for someone else in town. We know and care about one another. Downtown Washington is home because folks like you and me wanted to make this their home too. And if we haven’t had a chance to meet, I hope I get to know you soon.

Whether you’re looking for something to do, something to eat, or somewhere to have a cocktail with friends, I hope you find this website helpful. If you’re new to town, check out Yoga in the Park, Nature for Preschoolers, Washington Food Group, or one of our Main Street Mixers. Connect with us on Facebook or Instagram and sign up for our newsletter, and always feel free to just give me a call

Again, welcome to Downtown Washington. We are really glad you’re here. 

Sarah Collier

Our Commitment In

Goals & Activities

The Washington Business District Authority (WBDA) collaborates with local and regional partners to support and grow downtown businesses, create more impactful events, activate underutilized spaces and assets, and engage our community in making Downtown Washington a better place for everyone to enjoy. The WBDA follows the National Main Street Approach to support revitalization in the City. Below is a summary of the current goals and activities for the WBDA.

25%

Promoting Downtown

We are a leading force in promoting and marketing Downtown locally and regionally.

25%

CONNECT, EDUCATE, & SUPPORT

We are a hub of connection, education, and support for existing and emerging businesses

20%

Rehabilitation & Maintanence

 We are a driving force in the physical rehabilitation and maintenance of Downtown

15%

Dynamic Events

We are a recognized partner in executing dynamic events for residents and visitors

15%

Well-Run & Well-Regarded

We are the administrators of a well-run and well-regarded Special Services District

Our Commitment in

Action

WBDA is committed to supporting the ongoing development and revitalization of the City of Washington, PA by providing the funding, information, resources, and support necessary to preserve, improve, promote, and enhance the downtown business district. The WBDA will continue to work to move Washington, PA into the future while retaining our historic character and complimenting regional economic development efforts.

Economic Vitality

Growing Downtown by developing our individuals, businesses, and the economy. We care about small business, entrepreneurship, economic development, and a business-friendly ecosystem.

Downtown Events

Bringing people Downtown to connect and play. We care about fun and creating opportunities for people of all ages to gather and celebrate.

Downtown Design

Focusing on Downtown aesthetics, appearance, and the pedestrian experience. We care about streetscapes, building façades, public spaces, and Downtown green things.

Marketing

Telling everyone what Downtown Washington has to offer. We care about promoting the events, businesses, and stories that make Downtown our town.

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Meet Our

Board of Directors

Our dedicated Board of Directors is made up of business professionals of the special services district and individuals with a special interest in helping the district thrive.

JACK GALLIK

Chairman

Meet Jack

Jack Gallik is the Associate Broker of the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services the Preferred Realty office located in the City of Washington. He has been a resident of Washington County for over 30 years, and he and his wife have raised their 3 children here. The future of the City of Washington is important to him, and he hopes that his experience in the residential real estate market can bring some value to the WBDA board.

Nancy Ogburn

Vice Chairman

Meet Nancy

Nancy is the co-owner and baker-in-residence of Chicco Baccello, a coffee house, bakery & deli in the WBD. Nancy’s passion for baking is evident in all of her hand made sweets.

Matt Dickson

Treasurer

Meet Matt

Matt has over 20 years of experience in both public accounting and as a corporate controller in the Pittsburgh, Washington DC Metro, and Boise, ID areas. Matt operated his own tax and accounting practice in Idaho before returning to his hometown of Washington PA to found Kazakewicz Dickson. Matt specializes in tax returns and accounting for closely-held businesses/exempt organizations/individuals, payroll, Quickbooks advisory and part-time controller services, estate and trust returns, tax planning and consulting, cash-flow management, and banking and financial reporting.

Jessica Roberts

Secretary

Meet Jessica

Jessica Roberts is a partner at Neighborhood Attorneys at 8 East Pine Avenue in downtown Washington. Jessica concentrates mostly in juvenile and family law matters but also practices in Orphans’ Court. She resides in Washington with her husband and four children and spends the majority of her time at sporting event. Jessica is originally from Iowa but moved to Pennsylvania to be close to family and attend Duquesne University School of Law.

Evan Chambers

Meet Evan

Evan is a 3rd Generation Owner and Vice President of Chambers Insurance Agency. Evan was born & raised in South Strabane Township and graduated from Trinity High School. Prior to joining his family’s business, Evan graduated from Fordham University in NYC, had internships on Wall St., and worked for a large hedge fund in Greenwich, CT. Chambers Insurance has been on Main St. for over 6 decades and Evan is determined to help continue the rejuvenation of downtown Washington.

Erin Jones

Meet Erin

Erin is the Associate Director of Communication & Marketing at Washington & Jefferson College, where she primarily handles public relations and media outreach, as well as advertising and community sponsorships. She is a graduate of both Washington High School and Washington & Jefferson College, and currently lives in the City of Washington. Having grown up in Washington, Erin is passionate about the growth of the business district and thrilled to be part of its development.

Scott Putnam

Meet Scott

In addition to serving on the WBDA Board, Scott is also the Mayor of the City of Washington, and is a Project Manager/Engineer for Alex Paris Contracting Inc. Scott currently resides in Washington with his wife and daughters.

Zach Storf

Meet Zach

Zach is the Business Manager of Fanatic Impressions on Main Street in Washington. He intends to bring the practices and ideas he has used in growing his own business over the last 4 years to assist the WBDA. Growing up in Washington County, Zach is passionate about helping the City of Washington grow into the future and become more appealing to the younger generations.

Ken Westcott

Meet Ken

Ken is a Councilman of the City of Washington. As a former Mayor of the City of Washington, Ken has served on numerous community Boards and Committees. He was instrumental in the development of the WBD and has been involved since its inception in 2000.

Jack Gallik, Chairman

Jack Gallik is the Associate Broker of the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services the Preferred Realty office located in the City of Washington. He has been a resident of Washington County for over 30 years, and he and his wife have raised their 3 children here. The future of the City of Washington is important to him, and he hopes that his experience in the residential real estate market can bring some value to the WBDA board.

Nancy Ogburn, Vice Chairman

Nancy is the co-owner and baker-in-residence of Chicco Baccello, a coffee house, bakery & deli in the WBD. Nancy’s passion for baking is evident in all of her hand made sweets.

Matt Dickson, Treasurer

Matt has over 20 years of experience in both public accounting and as a corporate controller in the Pittsburgh, Washington DC Metro, and Boise, ID areas. Matt operated his own tax and accounting practice in Idaho before returning to his hometown of Washington PA to found Kazakewicz Dickson. Matt specializes in tax returns and accounting for closely-held businesses/exempt organizations/individuals, payroll, Quickbooks advisory and part-time controller services, estate and trust returns, tax planning and consulting, cash-flow management, and banking and financial reporting.

Jessica Roberts, Secretary

Jessica Roberts is a partner at Neighborhood Attorneys at 8 East Pine Avenue in downtown Washington. Jessica concentrates mostly in juvenile and family law matters but also practices in Orphans’ Court. She resides in Washington with her husband and four children and spends the majority of her time at sporting event. Jessica is originally from Iowa but moved to Pennsylvania to be close to family and attend Duquesne University School of Law.

Evan Chambers

Evan is a 3rd Generation Owner and Vice President of Chambers Insurance Agency. Evan was born & raised in South Strabane Township and graduated from Trinity High School. Prior to joining his family’s business, Evan graduated from Fordham University in NYC, had internships on Wall St., and worked for a large hedge fund in Greenwich, CT. Chambers Insurance has been on Main St. for over 6 decades and Evan is determined to help continue the rejuvenation of downtown Washington.

Erin Jones

Erin is the Associate Director of Communication & Marketing at Washington & Jefferson College, where she primarily handles public relations and media outreach, as well as advertising and community sponsorships. She is a graduate of both Washington High School and Washington & Jefferson College, and currently lives in the City of Washington. Having grown up in Washington, Erin is passionate about the growth of the business district and thrilled to be part of its development.

Scott Putnum

In addition to serving on the WBDA Board, Scott is also the Mayor of the City of Washington, and is a Project Manager/Engineer for Alex Paris Contracting Inc. Scott currently resides in Washington with his wife and daughters.

Zach Storf

Zach is the Business Manager of Fanatic Impressions on Main Street in Washington. He intends to bring the practices and ideas he has used in growing his own business over the last 4 years to assist the WBDA. Growing up in Washington County, Zach is passionate about helping the City of Washington grow into the future and become more appealing to the younger generations.

Ken Westcott

Ken is a Councilman of the City of Washington. As a former Mayor of the City of Washington, Ken has served on numerous community Boards and Committees. He was instrumental in the development of the WBD and has been involved since its inception in 2000.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the WBDA?

The Washington Business District Authority is a municipal authority established in 2000 to provide economic development and revitalization services within the Central Business District. Its three general goals are to increase customer traffic; retain, expand and recruit viable businesses; and cultivate a liveable downtown with multigenerational appeal. It is the organization behind Downtown Washington and its initiatives. 

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Where do I find the WBDA meeting schedule?

The WBDA board of directors meets on the 4th Thursday of January, March, May, July, and September at 5:00pm at 273 South Main Street.  We also will put a notice on our Facebook page if there are any changes. We have time on every agenda for public participation.

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What does the WBDA do?

We advocate for small businesses, promote private investment and economic development, and work with community members to cultivate a city that is dynamic, charming, and an overall great place to live. Our committees are a good way to get in on the action! Email our Main Street Manager for information on how to get involved. 

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How is the WBDA funded?

Funding for the WBDA is generated by an annual assessment equitably shared by all commercial properties within the Special Services District. If you want to learn more about how assessments are calculated, visit this page.

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What is the Special Services District boundary?

The SSD encompasses the 14 square blocks that makeup Downtown Washington, from Walnut Street to the north, Railroad Street to the south, College Street to the east, and Franklin Street to the west. Click here to view a map of the SSD.

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Who is on the WBDA Board and how can I serve on the Board?

The WBDA Board is served by 9 members, including the sitting Mayor and one councilperson of the City of Washington. The WBDA Board is appointed by the Mayor and Council. Interested in learning more? Contact [email protected]

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How can I stay up to date with what is happening Downtown?

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