This article was originally published as part of the Grow PA solutions journalism project, published by and underwritten in part by The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.

The local paper is teaming up with a private college to breathe some business activity into the downtown corridor of Washington, Pa.

A former newspaper building in the small Pennsylvania city of Washington is being reimagined as an incubator that would breathe new life into its Main Street business district.

The Washington Area Business Incubator would also be a way to strengthen the relationship between the city and Washington & Jefferson College, which sits just a few blocks off Main Street, but can sometimes seem worlds away.

Max Miller, director of the entrepreneurial studies program at W&J, said the idea for the incubator has been brewing for a few years. The college first conducted a study of the project’s feasibility in 2013.

“We wanted to figure out how we could create a symbiotic ecosy