Kendall Whittier Main Street has released the 2022 edition of its Impact Report, which covers recent program highlights, specific projects and other organizational information.
“We are proud of the work we’ve been doing in Kendall Whittier and wanted to be sure to share that in an easy-to-review document,” said Jessica Jackson Seay, executive director of Kendall Whittier Main Street. “This report quickly highlights the reinvestment we’ve seen, the number of new businesses and improvements, plus current and future programming.”
In 2021, more than $1 million private dollars were reinvested into Kendall Whittier, adding to the nearly $160 million the commercial district has seen since KWMS began in 2010.
Since 2010, more than 80 businesses have opened – with a net gain of nearly 70 businesses. In 2021 alone, six new businesses opened.
Last year, there were 10 total façade improvements as businesses enhanced the exterior of the properties with a focus on historic preservation and aesthetics. In all, KWMS has seen more than 50 façade improvements.
“Every year, I am most proud of our volunteer hours because time is our most precious resource to give,” Jackson Seay said. “Last year, volunteers committed 1,359 hours to improving Kendall Whittier. That’s as much as a part time employee! In dollars, that’s like giving an extra $30,000!”
The first page of the Impact Report focuses on the reinvestment numbers, a short description of Kendall Whittier’s commercial district and talks about Kendall Whittier Main Street as a Great American Main Street, a designation received in 2020.
The second page shows committee projects and special events. It highlights the fact that Kendall Whittier is makers’ district and an Oklahoma Certified Cultural District; talks about the new DEIA committee; and discusses programs like the Façade Grant Program (open now) and the 2020 Rent Relief Program.
Kendall Whittier Main Street is a nonprofit organization that inspires the ongoing revitalization and growth of a historic and cultural neighborhood in Tulsa, striving to transform it back to a thriving, walkable commercial district.
To learn more about Kendall Whittier Main Street, to download the report or to become a volunteer or donor of the organization, go to visitKendallWhittier.com. Inquiries may also be made by phone or text at 918-633-1934 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.