If you go
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.
Steamboat Springs 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.