Evaluating Mainstreet

Experts to weigh in on downtown advocacy efforts

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What: A National Resource Team presents public findings from its evaluation of Mainstreet Steamboat Springs

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Centennial Hall

Contact: Call Tracy Barnett of Mainstreet at 846-1800.

— The amount of construction in downtown Steamboat Springs is a rarity that bodes well for downtown's economic future, according to a resource team studying the Lincoln Avenue corridor.

"You don't really see communities of this size with this many development projects in downtown," said Scott Day, a member of the Main Street Resource Team that is visiting Steamboat to critique and evaluate Mainstreet Steamboat Springs' downtown and business advocacy efforts. The team of national experts - consulting and development professionals who specialize in areas including design, economic restructuring, organization and finance - will present its findings tonight at a community forum at Centennial Hall.

The Resource Team spent Tuesday and Wednesday touring Steamboat Springs and meeting with various downtown constituencies, including city and county officials, key retailers and restaurants, property owners, developers, realtors, and bankers. The team also met with representatives from the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

"We try to meet with as many people, stakeholders and constituent groups of the downtown as we can : and match that up with the resources people have at their disposal," said Day, a principal at Urban Development Services in San Antonio, Texas. Day has taken part in more than 150 Resource Team visits to various communities across the country.

All official National Main Street Communities are entitled to have a resource team evaluate their program. In Colorado, the visits are funded by the Colorado Community Revitalization Organization.

While most local Mainstreet organizations have the team visit during the organization's start-up phase, Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is fortunate that scheduling conflicts brought the team to them now, said Tracy Barnett, executive director of Mainstreet Steamboat Springs.

"One of the advantages is that the organization already has its feet wet," said Resource Team member Stephanie Redman, who specializes in organization and is the president of TBD Consulting, Inc. in Albuquerque, N.M.

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is in some ways ahead of its peers because it already has a reputation, accomplishments, and connections at its disposal, Redman said.

Tonight's presentation of findings begins at 6 p.m.

Comments

Richard Levy 7 years, 1 month ago

"retailers and restaurants, property owners, developers, realtors, and bankers" oh my.

No mention of what the purpose of this visit is about.

Also no mention that any contact was made with city staff, planning commission or community groups like CAYV, Green Team, or Vison 2030

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id04sp 7 years, 1 month ago

Would anybody else like to see a system where all these various consultants have to compete for the jobs, and we select the proposal that provides the best value in return for the money?

A consultant is a guy with a brief case and a laptop computer more than 200 miles from home.

X is an unknown quantity and "spurt" is a drip under pressure.

This whole thing has gotten to be like like spouses who punish each other by forcing one or the other to spend money on counseling under threat of divorce. We're spending money, not changing anything, and not doing any good at all. The only thing we're getting is wasted time at a very high price.

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another_local 7 years, 1 month ago

I agree with you id04sp, on the consultant "thing" around here, but this was not one of times where money or time was being wasted.

These visitors are consultants I suppose, but they are not paid. They come from the national MainStreet organization of which the local organization is an affiliate. There was no expense to the city or any other public entity. The local expense, covered by local businesses, was the price of the hotel rooms and some meals.

Stmbtrich, the purpose was stated in the second paragraph of the story: "is visiting Steamboat to critique and evaluate Mainstreet Steamboat Springs' downtown and business advocacy efforts"

The story as written is incomplete, the group did meet with city, county and other community officals in addition to the groups mentioned over the several days they have been in town.

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thecondoguy1 7 years, 1 month ago

anything going on downtown is terrific, and the utter delapidation of Ski Time Square has given it the leg up, they need to get as much done as quickly as possible, Ski Time is looking to catch up, let's hope..............

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agentofchange 7 years, 1 month ago

Right on condo.

Ski Time Sq. was square when Valintine and the boys put it together! Speaking of snowless winters, anyone remember the mud and dust up there in those years ?

Bravo for change.

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