Revitalizing Main Street: The Challenges, the Changes, and the Adaptive Solutions

A session by Matt Ashby, Molly Bly, Scott Jackman, Rick Klein, Gayle Langley, Lily Lizarraga, Alexis Moore and Cynthia Nieb
Windsor DDA, Colorado Department of Transportation, Town of Breckenridge, City of La Junta, Department of Local Affairs, Colorado Department of Transportation, City of Lakewood and City of La Junta

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The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced a grant opportunity in June 2020 to help Revitalize Main Streets (RMS) across the state during the COVID-19 pandemic. Small-scale grants (up to $50K) were available to communities, aimed at implementing quick-win projects that would improve the local economy and enhance healthy, multimodal transportation infrastructure. Awarded projects ranged from temporary outdoor dining parklets to bicycle and pedestrian trail improvements. The results have been astounding and impactful. To date, over $2.5 million has been awarded to nearly 60 communities. This has provided a much-needed boost to the local economy and small businesses, struggling to stay open while adhering to the necessary public health protocol.

The Colorado Main Street program, housed within the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), has been an advocate and participant of this program since announced. Through this program, local governments across Colorado have implemented safe, reopening strategies that have improved our communities' health and vitality.

Panelists will present their innovations, adaptations, and successes during summer 2020 and then pivoted to adapt for the harsh Colorado winter, highlighting the impact this has had on their community.