With the Collegiate Peaks in my rearview mirror and the Sangre de Christo Range staring right at me, I quickly forgot about whatever troubles I had in Denver. I had a gorgeous drive coming home, as well, gazing at the Spanish Peaks.
How I love that part of the state, and the municipal leaders who help guide their communities!
One of those places, the Town of Saguache (and do not ever pronounce it as saaah goochi!), is one of those little engines that could. I walked along historic 4th Street, which is now a part of a newly created business district as a product of the Saguache Downtown Revitalization Project. This project of the Saguache County Economic Development District represents a partnership between the Town, the county, the state, and small business interests, which are the lifeblood of any community. It is an excellent example of community revitalization and of historic preservation. (By the way, The Saguache Crescent is one of the only newspapers left in the country that still prints on hot type, and the printing press is a thing of beauty .. if you are an ink-stained wretch or someone like me, who aspires to be one.) Then the other day, during our meeting in Glenwood Springs (referred to by many of us as just “Glenwood”), I heard about another neat program developed by the Town of Gypsum. It is a business grant program that the town board has allocated $60,000 this year to give as grants to businesses that undertake capital investments. It is a very interesting approach whereby small communities show just as much innovative thinking as some of largest cities with biggest staffs.
Another way to help Main Street is to encourage Congress to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act, which provides for an Internet sales tax. As The Durango Herald explains, this levels the playing field for local business.
I get to see and hear about this type of work all of the time here at CML. Main Street matters! I know you are doing something cool with your Main Street - let us know what it might be!