About the Downtown Annapolis Partnership

Who We Are

The Downtown Annapolis Partnership is a non-profit 501 c (3) charitable organization, with a mission to sustain and strengthen the Annapolis business community.  Downtown Annapolis Partnership is a Main Street organization open to business owners, residents, property owners, service providers, and other non-profit organizations across the city of Annapolis.  Downtown Annapolis Partnership is a membership organization, and it is the business members that elect the officers, determine the budget and set the strategic direction for the organization.

Downtown Annapolis Partnership works in collaboration with the City of Annapolis and leading organizations such as the Conference and Visitors Bureau, the Four Rivers Heritage Area, the US Naval Academy and Naval Academy Athletic Association, St. John’s College, Historic Annapolis and other organizations to preserve the Annapolis historic culture while creating a unique Annapolis experience that draws visitors and residents into our shops, restaurants and galleries. 

A Main Street Program

The National Trust for Historic Preservation established the Main Street program in the early 1980’s to preserve the historic buildings and character in cities across America by re-purposing those structures into restaurants, shops, offices, art galleries and residences. As the interstate highway spread across America, many of the small towns were bypassed and the growth of suburbs, with massive shopping malls, pulled customers and residents away from our urban communities.

Main Street is now a national movement, taking root in more than 2,000 communities.  The program has spurred more than $56 billion in reinvestment, galvanized thousands of volunteers, and changed the way governments, planners and developers view preservation. 

The Main Street program is built on four key elements:

  • Organization/ Membership:  Main Street builds a team  - a partnership of people and organizations that have a stake in the commercial areas of the city.  Business owners, volunteers, and elected officials come together under the leadership of an Executive Director to build consensus to support a vibrant business community.
  • Promotion/ Marketing/ Publicity:  Main Street builds a positive image of the community and actively markets the unique characteristics, traditions, architecture, and business offerings to attract shoppers, investors, property owners and visitors.
  • Design:  Main Street works to get the business community in top physical condition, creates a safe living enviroment, promoting attractive storefronts, inviting public spaces, public art, convenient parking,  and interesting window displays. 
  • Business Enhancement: Main Street delivers programming that draws customers to shops, restaurants, and galleries while contributing to the creative reuse of historic properties.