Managed by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, the Colorado Main Street Program revitalizes commercial districts and local economies through historic preservation and sustainable design. Through funding from the History Colorado State Historical Fund, this year’s program will work to economically empower 12 communities around the state through educational, technical and architectural assistance as well as local community advocacy and on-site trainings.
Beyond cultivating existing Main Street communities, the program will work to develop new Main Street communities. The success of the program was seen most recently in Steamboat Springs when the Steamboat Springs Historic District, which includes Steamboat Springs Main Street, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places after partnering with the Main Street Program to promote downtown. Designation to the National Register offers communities an open acknowledgment of their history and an opportunity for heritage tourism and further funding for historic preservation, both of which create economically viable, historically significant and aesthetically inspiring communities.