At the Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) annual conference, DCI had the pleasure of announcing Lamar, Colorado, as the newest Colorado Main Street Community. Lamar received a DCI technical assistance visit in July of 2008, with the sponsorship of the Department of Local Affairs and partial support from the State Historical Fund.
The community has moved forward with implementation at an amazing pace. In addition to forming an urban renewal authority, hiring a downtown manager, and linking to a strong community of partner organizations in town, Lamar completed the Colorado Main Street Program application process (no small thing).
Following acceptance into the Colorado Main Street Program, Lamar became eligible for a Main Street Resource Team visit with the sponsorship of the Department of Local Affairs and partial support from the State Historical Fund and USDA Rural Development. This visit was geared toward getting committees and a board of directors up and running. The three days included five training sessions in addition to focus groups; these allowed the resource team to compile a to-do list to guide the community through implementation of the next few years for the downtown commercial corridor.
Team members included representatives from Colorado Center for Community Development (CCCD), Department of Local Affairs, Downtown Colorado, Inc., Nolte Engineering, and Ricker Cunningham. DCI is proud to welcome Lamar into our community and congratulates Lamar on their successful initiatives and bright future!