Registration is open for downtown advocates in Wyoming to attend the Best Practices Workshop, a two-day event hosted by Wyoming Main Street and leading into the National Main Street Center Conference.
The workshop begins March 23 with visits to Odessa and Warrensburg, Missouri. The tour concludes March 24 after swinging through Chillicothe and Kearney, Missouri. Each town is between 5,000 and 20,000 people, offering a similar perspective to rural Wyoming communities.
Transportation to the workshop and conference is available. A chartered bus leaves Evanston March 21, with an overnight in Laramie, and arrives in Kansas City the evening of March 22.
Cost is $200 round trip or $100 one way.
The trip is sponsored through a mix of public and private donations and focuses on how other towns have overcome obstacles toward downtown development, discovered innovative ways to improve the core of their communities and built better commercial districts for local small business owners.
The National Main Street Conference follows the workshop March 26-28. Early bird registration for the event is $405 until Jan. 12.
Rock Springs is nominated for the national organization’s most prestigious prize: the Great American Main Street Award. Rawlins is a previous winner and one of only two towns in the Mountain West to earn the honor.
Wyoming Main Street is a program of the Wyoming Business Council, the state’s economic development agency. The program assists member communities with grants, training and consultations as local advocates strive to build more resilient downtowns.
Wyoming Main Street members have helped their downtowns add 33 net new businesses and 228 net new jobs in fiscal year 2017 alone.
Volunteers in those communities have donated $682,000 worth of time.
Private investors have responded. Private investors invested $26 for every dollar of public money spent in Wyoming Main Street communities in 2017.
Wyoming Main Street is one of many ways the Business Council helps towns build more resilient, diverse, local economies. People are increasingly attracted to well-loved communities that have retained their character and are full of life. Wyoming Main Street helps business owners, elected officials and local advocates nourish those qualities in the heart of their towns.
For more information, visit wyomingbusiness.org/mainstreet or call Main Street Program Manager Linda Klinck at 307-777-2934.