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Sustainable Main Streets Initiative (2010)



Colorado's Sustainable Main Streets Initiative tested a collaborative process through a pilot program which began in April 2010. Four pilot communities were chosen: Five Points neighborhood in Denver, Town of Fowler, City of Monte Vista, and City of Rifle. The program was highly successful, bringing state, federal, local, nonprofit, foundation and private sector resources to develop better solutions and outcomes in the communities.


Downtown Fowler

This initiative brought a collaborative, integrated process to leverage technical and financial resources to help communities enhance the sustainability of their downtowns. While there was not a dedicated funding source for this initiative, an emphasis was placed on helping communities better position themselves for existing funds and resources from a variety of public and private sources. The initiative worked to break down silos among state agencies, reduce barriers to state resources, and leverage technical and financial resources more efficiently.


Community presentations November 30, 2010:



Summary report with lessons learned

 Downtown Rifle


HUD DOT Federal Partnership


Colorado's Sustainable Main Streets communities received $1.28 million from the HUD Challenge and DOT TIGER II combination grant program in 2010.  The success of the Sustainable Main Streets Initiative helped leverage these federal funds to implement several projects identified during the initiative. Final Report


For questions please contact: 

Andy Hill

Director - Community Development Office