Good For You: Windsor joins ranks of 18 Colorado Main Street Communities |

Good For You: Windsor joins ranks of 18 Colorado Main Street Communities

Allison Dyer Bluemel

Main Street in Windsor. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs announced Windsor would join the ranks of 18 Colorado Main Street Communities Thursday.

Earlier this year, Windsor began exploring the Main Street program through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

The fruits of Windsor's labor and exploration paid off when DOLA announced that Windsor and the town of Meeker in northwest Colorado were the two newest Main Street Communities.

"Acceptance into the Main Street program signifies the communities' commitment to downtown revitalization and historic preservation," according to a news release from DOLA. "The program advocates community self-reliance, local empowerment and the rebuilding of central business districts based on their traditional assets of unique architecture, personal service and local ownerships."

Meeker and Windsor will join the ranks of 18 Colorado Main Street Communities.

"The program provides a comprehensive approach to downtown revitalization that includes economic development to attract new businesses, expand existing ones and create jobs," said Irv Halter, executive director of DOLA, in the release.

The program, which receives funding in part by a grant from the State Historical Fund, provides a network of resources for the communities in its network, including training, networking and capacity building opportunities, Windsor Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Matt Ashby said.

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"The Main Street Approach is, at its core, a management philosophy for tackling revitalization," Ashby said. "The DDA is the organizational structure that will implement the Main Street implements."

DOLA and the Main Street program also provides the communities with technical assistance and grants for projects such as feasibility studies, plans or designs.

"Our membership opens up a variety of new resources to the DDA," Ashby said. "We're also always looking for ways to make our limited funds stretch further — Main Street can help us leverage dollars and access additional grant funds to continue making great progress in downtown Windsor."