The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, along with its partners, serves the community through a variety of programs and sponsorships. We provide these services with the help of our members and volunteers. We work to support our existing businesses and attract new ventures to create a mix of retail shops, entertainment venues and services that fill the needs of our Valley
Event Banner Program
There are 100 lampposts that are available for banners in the downtown. The banners on the lampposts are controlled by both the city of Walla Walla and the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation. The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation runs the program and hires the person who puts them up and takes them down. At the end of the year the city and the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation split the revenue after expenses have been deducted. The banners are intended only for community events and the content must be approved by the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation before the banners are erected.
Wine & Dine Brochure
The Wine & Dine Brochure is the most popular handout at most of the hotels and at the information booth downtown. We normally distribute 15,000 every eight months. The brochure benefits our wine tasting rooms and restaurants in the downtown. The brochure is a prosperous endeavor for the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation. The Wine & Dine guide serves our wineries and restaurants and helps the tourists find where all the establishments are located.
Main Street Tax Credit (B&O Tax)
We have been very fortunate in that the B&O tax credit has made a major difference to the budget of the foundation. Certified Main Streets are the only economic groups that can accept donations. The maximum we can receive is $133,333.33. The donation helps in two ways. The B&O tax credit allows the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation to increase its budget by that amount so that we can better serve our constituents. In addition, the B&O tax credit helps the donors by allowing them to take a B&O tax credit with the state government in the following year.
The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation sends a weekly newsletter to members and friends of the foundation. Members can send any news about their businesses and organizations for inclusion. The newsletter serves to link the business community.