Moses Lake Business Association (MLBA) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization formed in 1993 by dedicated Moses Lake citizens. MLBA has been a part of our community for more than 30 years! In year’s past our organization has been event focused. We are now directing our focus to our Main Street™ Community designation.
Main Street™ is a philosophy, a program, and a proven comprehensive approach to downtown commercial district revitalization. The success of the Main Street™ approachis based on its comprehensive nature. By carefully integrating four points into a practical downtown management strategy, a local Main Street™ program will produce fundamental changes in a community’s base: Organization involves building a Main Street™ framework that is represented by business and property owners, bankers, citizens, public officials, chambers of commerce, and other local economic development organizations. Everyone must work together to renew downtown. Promotion creates excitement downtown. Street festivals, parades, retail events, and image development capaigns are some of the ways Main Street™ encourages customer traffic. Promotion involves marketing an enticing image to shoppers, investors, and visitors. Design enhances the attactiveness of the business district. Historic building rehabilitation, street alley clean-up, colorful banners, landscaping and lighting all improve the physical image of the downtown as a quality place to shop, work, walk, invest in and live. Economic Restructuring involves analyzing current market forces to develop long-term solutions. Recruiting new businesses, creatively converting unused space for new uses, and sharpening the competiveness of Main Street’s traditional merchants are examples of economic restructuring activities.
The Main Street™ program also has financial benefits in that a businesses’ B&O Tax dollars can be deferred to the state and given directly to the Moses Lake Business Association. Only Main Street™ communities qualify to receive these dollars, which is up to $133,333.33. The amount of money available in this program has capped out in years past and lack in getting the community’s support left Moses Lake with only a small amount to use in our community. We hope to get the word out about this program and educate local businesses to sign up and keep their tax dollars local. You can designate any amount and when you do, you get a 75% tax credit back, an in turn those funds are used for any of the Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Restructuring activites right here in Moses Lake.