As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Lyons, Colorado is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.
All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.
Overview of the Colorado Main Street Program
The Colorado Main Street® Program is a program to revitalize traditional downtown districts within the context of historic preservation. The program uses an approach that advocates a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment, and the rebuilding of central business districts based on their traditional assets of unique architecture, personal service, local ownership, and a sense of community.
The Colorado Main Street Program is designed to assist communities in revitalizing their traditional downtown or neighborhood commercial districts. The Main Street program works throughout Colorado to help local governments and downtown organizations create an economically diverse business environment while preserving local character and historic resources.
The Colorado Main Street® Program provides resources, training and technical services in the four areas of the Main Street Approach® (economic restructuring, design, organization, and promotion) to competitively selected communities that are working in historically relevant business district settings and that meet certain threshold criteria. Main Street's Eight Guiding Principles provide a comprehensive approach to district and downtown revitalization.