National and Wyoming Main Street folks came this Thursday to visit Buffalo Main Street — giving advice, ideas and a lot of history for the standing room only crowd at City Hall. There seemed to be someone there representing a vast spectrum of interests in Buffalo’s Downtown Historic District. There were representatives from City and County government, several members of the Chamber of Commerce, Buffalo banks, Main Street merchants, civic groups and the arts.
NATIONAL MAIN STREET CENTER CONSULT COMES TO BUFFALO FOR RECON MEETING AND COMMUNITY PRESENTATION ON PROGRAM
There are certain services that any person or business or community can ask the WMS program for help — information on revitalization and rehabilitation programs, reviewing their community for becoming a part of the program, etc. But there are other services that are dedicated just for Certified and Affiliate Main Street Programs in Wyoming (of which Buffalo and Sheridan are both Certified programs). This kind of technical assistance is worth about $20 thousant dollars a year ! And it can really help a city’s downtown prosper — if the city and other government agencies (like the county) do what is required of them to support the program. It’s not a one way street — there are responsibilities for local programs that they and their communities need to participate in to qualify for the program. And qualifying is NOT a one time event but is done annually to be sure the community is on the right track. These are called RECON visits and Buffalo will be having their RECON visit on October 11th, 2012. Therefore, Main Street merchants need to show up and show support, learn each year a little more of what the program is about and how they can get involved or contribute.
Des Moines, IA – The future of Main Street is here in many communities across the US and the National Main Street Conference is highlighting many best practices that five award winning communities are using to bring back their Main Streets.
Each year the National Trust Main Street Center recognizes exceptional Main Street communities whose successes serve as a model for comprehensive commercial district revitalization. These award-winning communities demonstrate exemplary achievement in the process of strengthening their downtowns and commercial districts based on the following criteria:
“The ‘placemaking dividend’ is about creating a place where people want to stay, spend money, and come back.” It’s an old concept with a new look to it – a new name for real estate folks to throw at us. But it means that place – being a part of a place – is a dividend that many companies want. They don’t want the old stress and driving 40-50 minutes to work or to shop. That’s where Main Street comes in and returns to the heart of what the American dream is all about – time with family and friends and work that is close by to maximize that time. The ‘placemaking dividend’, as McMahon calls it, is the concept that highlights what we want in our lives and futures and where we are willing to put our dollars to make that happen. It is, he says, our future.
Nov. 20, 2010 CASPER, WYO – The Wyoming Main Street program welcomes newly hired Scott Wisniewski, a senior specialist who will help Wyoming communities revitalize and capitalize on their historic downtowns for economic development. Wisniewski is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado at Denver’s graduate program in Urban and Regional Planning. Though he [...]