The City of Nampa has been working to fully implement the National Main Street model over the last several years, but this marks the first time the City has partnered with the Nampa Development Corporation to hire a full-time executive to run the Main Street program. Snyder will serve as a City employee working closely with the Economic Development office, Mayor’s office and a newly appointed Main Street Advisory Board of Directors.
Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling said, “We are thrilled to partner with the Nampa Development Corporation to provide dedicated resources to fuel Nampa’s downtown development. Downtowns are the heartbeat of a community and a healthy downtown is a good indicator of a vibrant community. Nampa is very fortunate to be one of the few cities in Idaho to be part of Main Street America, which has proven strategies to implement historic preservation principals, economic transformational strategies and promotional events to build vibrant downtowns.”
NDC Commissioner Grant Miller, who served on the selection committee said, “"I am excited that Nampa has found a great advocate for the city and for its downtown in Jay Snyder. I was impressed by Jay's sincere desire to showcase the best of Nampa and to represent our city to audiences both inside our community and to those who might be looking to expand and join our growing city. I believe that Jay has what it takes to give life to this new program and to successfully develop a thriving institutional identity for our Main Street Program."
Snyder will begin November 4, 2019 and shared, “I am excited for the opportunity to work with our existing local businesses and our incoming businesses in expanding our traditional events and creating new opportunities to involve the community in our downtown district.” Jay added, “I have the added bonus of living in the Old Nampa District Neighborhood and am looking forward to walking to work.”
For additional information, please contact City of Nampa Economic Development Director Beth Ineck at (208) 899-0075.
About Main Street from their website (mainstreet.org):
Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, Inc., a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.