Wyoming Main Street
Wyoming Main Street is a coordinating program of Main Street America that serves the state of Wyoming through preservation-based economic development and community revitalization.
Wyoming Main Street is a coordinating program of Main Street America for the state of Wyoming and is housed within the Wyoming Business Council. We help Wyoming communities of any size revitalize their downtown by implementing the Main Street Approach. Main Street is a grassroots effort in economic development that focuses on historic preservation, small business, community character, and more.
The Wyoming Main Street program provides technical assistance to communities and works collaboratively with other programs at the Wyoming Business Council to best serve community needs.
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Main Street Lite
Rural communities face unique challenges. At the Wyoming Business Council, we work tirelessly to find new ways to increase the capacity of rural communities, building on the unique character and needs of each community.
The Main Street Lite program is one of those tools.
Wyoming Main Street is an economic development tool embracing revitalizing of our historic districts, bringing life back into the center of our community, encouraging commerce, and a place for residents and visitors alike to socialize and shop.
Some towns do not have the staff, the time, or the money to invest in the Wyoming Main Street program, so the Wyoming Business Council created the Main Street Lite Program. All towns can benefit from the principles and resources of Wyoming Main Street.
A Main Street Approach to Chain Retail Closures
In 2019, Shopko shuttered 13 retail stores in Wyoming. In response, the Big Horn Basin region brought in National Main Street Center consultant Matt Wagner to speak with the community, gather data about retail leakage, gaps, and opportunities in the local retail landscape.
With the help of the Wyoming SBDC, Wagner analyzed the data and provided the community with some actionable items.
From that process, we’ve put together a booklet to show how your community might approach a similar problem.