Organization History

“Destination Congress Heights” (Congress Heights Main Street) was chartered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street program in January of 2016.

Destination Congress Heights is a program created by Congress Heights Community Training & Development Corporation a nonprofit, 501(c)3, led by a combination of community development professionals and local volunteers. The main street program is based on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s nationally proven model The Main Street Four Point Approach® which includes in emphasis in the areas of: organization of commercial revitalization efforts, promotion of neighborhood businesses and business districts, design and economic revitalization. The approach includes an underlying historic preservation ethic and provides local organizations with a mechanism to manage their neighborhood commercial districts and a structure to implement commercial revitalization activities that will achieve the stakeholders’ goals for the commercial district.

Mission Statement

The mission of Destination Congress Heights is to support the establishment and implementation of lasting, comprehensive revitalization in the Congress Heights commercial corridor by investing in and expanding existing businesses while also attracting new businesses.

Vision Statement

Congress Heights, DC will be a walkable community focused on providing a safe and comfortable environment featuring an attractive and welcoming streetscape, imaginative use of public spaces, an infusion of DC culture and heritage, technology amenities and enhance the quality of life of residents and visitors alike with feasible and sustainable development.