By Baylie Evans | Writer

May 1, 2019


Wyoming Main Street reps take home inspiration from Washington

From bridges to buses and markets to murals, representatives from Wyoming Main Street communities took home ideas and inspiration from the annual Best Practices Workshop in Washington last March. 

Each year, the Wyoming Main Street director, Linda Klinck, organizes community tours to coordinate with the annual National Main Street conference.

“Touring other cities is probably the best way to learn and grow as a Main Street organization, but taking the time and money to do so isn’t usually possible,” Klinck said. “So, we take advantage of the fact that many of them are traveling to the National Main Street Conference already, and we set up multiple community tours nearby to get the most out of that travel budget as possible.”

This year, the group of 60 from all around Wyoming toured Wenatchee, Port Townsend, Ellensburg and Coupeville – all communities of between 1,800 and 34,000 people within a 2.5-hour drive of Seattle.

“Small towns nationwide face a lot of the same challenges,” Klinck said. “The tours provide a chance for Wyoming people to network with each other as well as discover how other communities around the country address and solve some of those common challenges. As far as we know, we’re the only state that coordinates such a trip.”

The goal is to send each participant home with a handful of business cards and a whole lot of new, inspired ideas, from how to go about commissioning public art to how to build bridges – both literally and figuratively – in their communities.

   
     

On the map below, click on the buttons to read about the inspiration that some of the participants from around the state took home to their own communities.

Sheridan Buffalo Gillette Sundance Douglas Platte County Laramie Rock Springs Green River

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