Main Street Story

Colorado Main Street® is a program founded by the National Main Street Center (NMSC); a national organization committed to historic preservation-based community revitalization. The Colorado program uses the NMSC model to assist communities as they preserve and rejuvenate their downtown and commercial districts within the context of historic preservation. A town’s main street says a lot about the community, and bringing to life the history and unique aspects inspire creative energy and pride. Local residents are eager to share their heritage and visitors come to learn and enjoy.

Main Street® is about real places doing real things. The program is designed to advocate and support a return to local empowerment, and the rebuilding of central business districts based on the traditional assets of each community’s unique architecture, character, and local ownership. The Colorado Main Street® program has three things: a proven strategy for revitalization, a strong network of linked communities, and a committed DOLA Main Street staff who manage the program.

How does it work? This is a statewide program that assists local governments, downtown organizations, and communities through a process that helps organize community needs and ideas so they result in a strategic plan to work from. It provides technical resources and training in the four areas featured in the National Main Street Center® Approach:

  • Economic Vitality
  • Design
  • Organization
  • Promotion

Who are the Main Street communities? The current twenty one Colorado Main Street® communities are: Steamboat Springs, Lyons, Brush, Granby, Rifle, Meeker, Montrose, Buena Vista, Woodland Park, Victor, Westcliffe & Silver Cliff, Ridgway, Lake City, Trinidad, Lamar, Elizabeth, Leadville, Wellington, Windsor and Central City.

The Colorado Main Street program is paid for in part by a History Colorado State Historical Fund grant.

 

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Colorado Main Street is a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program. As a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program, Colorado Main Street is part of a powerful, grassroots network consisting of 45 Coordinating Programs and over 1600 neighborhoods and communities across the country committed to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.