Basis of the DCA: The Downtown Camas Association (DCA) is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization founded in 2009 which helps Downtown Camas to thrive by creating a vibrant social, cultural and economic center of the community while emphasizing historical preservation. The DCA is a member of the Washington State Main Street Program which guides our program goals based on the Four Point Approach for a thriving Downtown Core.
Foundational to the organizational structure of the DCA are four committees in which projects are planned, goals set, and results are seen. This important work all leads to the strength and vibrancy in Downtown Camas!
The DCA has an Executive Director, a Volunteer Coordinator, an active and dedicated volunteer board, and many outstanding volunteers that all work together to advance the DCA’s mission and initiatives. You can learn about the current DCA projects on the Get Involved webpage.
Who decides what is done? The goals, plans, and activities of the DCA are done by a collaboration of the board, staff, committees, the City of Camas, and other stakeholders to get wide perspective on the best actions and practices for our organization and our downtown. Being involved matters at the DCA! You can really make a difference.
Who gets it done? A highly dedicated board of directors, staff, and many, many volunteers who are Camas-Washougal residents, Downtown business owners, and city personnel.
Who contributes financially to what gets done?
1. B&O Tax Donors, who can be either small businesses or large corporations, make financial contributions for which they receive a 75% B&O state tax credit. Your tax dollars being directed straight to your community.
2. Members of the DCA are individuals, non-profits, downtown business owners, property owners and corporations. Our members understand the importance of being involved and the power of us all working together. There are designated levels of membership.
3. Event Sponsors make a financial contribution to sponsor one or more of the many themed events that are put on throughout the year. Sponsoring an event or project is a way for businesses to show their support for community, have an impact on how our town grows, and receive valuable marketing exposure.
4. City of Camas provides contract funding to help promotion and infrastructure initiatives that bring local and regional visitors downtown and create an attractive, healthy, and safe physical environment. Our fine City personnel help with safe street closures for our community events and are always available to collaborate on best practices for downtown activities. Our City understands the value of investing in an historic downtown district and the positive effects it has on the entire community.
Who benefits from what is done?
Everyone! Residents of Camas, neighbors of Camas, business owners, property owners, investors, and government all benefit from a thriving healthy downtown core. Investing in local economy creates jobs, increased commerce, new businesses and residents, increased visitors, and a space that allows people and families to come together in a healthy, safe, and engaging environment.
Camas and neighboring residents benefit by experiencing a sense of community pride while finding the options for shopping, entertainment, and services they are wanting in their town.
Downtown business owners benefit from increased shoppers and patrons of downtown, increased and shared marketing options, educational opportunities for strong business practices, and advocacy at City, County, and State levels. Overall a more solid infrastructure in which to thrive.
Property owners benefit from the increase in property values as the economic vitality increases.
City Government benefits by having a dedicated interest group to manage the concerns of the downtown area, saving tax payer dollars, increasing the tax base coming from downtown sales, and improving the livability of the area.
We hope that you enjoy Downtown Camas and that you will find a compelling reason to participate in its future development!
Check out these links to further investigate your options for participation and thank you for your interest and support!