ELIZABETH, COLORADO EST. 1890
Historic Main Street
What is the Main Street Program?
Elizabeth is a Main Street Community which means that the town has greater access to technical, state, and professional assistance as well as potential grants and funds, than we would if we were not a part of the program. The intention of the program is to protect, sustain, and revitalize Main Street in downtown Elizabeth through historic preservation, beautification projects, promoting the local economy, and inviting wise development on Main Street, among other things.
There is a Board of Directors, the members of which are approved by the Board of Trustees, which collectively defines and helps carry out the program's goals that are tailored to Elizabeth. Although the Main Street Program is National, there are state subsidiary programs which for the State of Colorado is called Colorado Main Street. The program is housed under the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) which is where Elizabeth receives much of its resources and assistance. DOLA has also teamed up with the private non-profit, Downtown Colorado Inc., which assists in the Colorado Main Street Program and works in community revitalization generally.
As of 2016, each community has at least one transformational strategy which consists of an over-arching vision and the "four pillars" that are bound together cohesively by that vision. The four pillars are Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Vitality.
Currently, Elizabeth is a candidate community, but is rapidly approaching the second tier which is a designated community. Here is a rough outline of what we have done and where we are going in the future: