On July 26, the Downtown Sheridan Association held its annual meeting in the DSA Community Room.
Board President Jenny Loomis introduced and confirmed our newest director, Jami Kessner of ERA Carroll Realty, and reported the following re-election of officers: president, Jenny Loomis of Farmers Coop; vice president, Peg Martin of Brittain World Travel; secretary, Jim Mowry of Crowley Fleck PLLP; and treasurer, Megan Cook of DA Davidson.
Returning board members include: John and Robby Smith, ABC Realty and Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery; Chris Carroll, Carroll’s Furniture; Steve and Shannon Kuzara, Sheridan Historic Properties and The Clothing Co. & Baby too; Jay Martinson, First Interstate Bank; Matt Westkott, Concept Z; Jeannie Weissman, innoVation ideaStudio, LLC; Kathy Lundberg, Big Horn Trading, LLC; and Spencer Kraft of Kraft’s Fine Jewelry.
Jenny presented the annual update outlining all that the DSA four committees have been working on throughout the year. Along with managing the flowers on Main Street, the Third Thursday Street Festivals, Sheridan Farmers Market and the banners on Main Street, we continue to participate with other community organizations that have similar but different missions in our community.
We actively support and/or partner with the city of Sheridan, Sheridan Public Arts Committee, Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce, Sheridan Travel & Tourism, Forward Sheridan, North Main Association, Sheridan College, Goose Creek Stream Restoration, the Economic Development Task Force and the WYO Theater. These organizations add dimension and heart to our mission and we greatly appreciate teaming up with each of them to conquer projects large and small throughout our vibrant community.
By hosting 26 downtown events, our focus is to make Main Street a destination for locals and tourists alike.
While bringing thousands of people downtown, these events provide local and regional artisans, food growers and producers, businesses and organizations a place to promote their services and sell a multitude of products. We thank our many volunteers, vendors, sponsors and staff for making events like the street festival, Sheridan Farmers Market, Wild West Wine Fest, Goose Creek Cup, Hunting For Bucks in October, Wise Men’s Night Out, Pot O’ Gold, a-MAY-zing Places and Crazy Days shop local campaigns a great success.
Our purpose in hosting these events and campaigns is to create a community stronghold where people can come together to celebrate life in Sheridan.
The Main Street Program’s 4-Point Approach provides the framework needed to organize the committees and their volunteers who help an average of 2,500 hours per year with an approximate value of $50,000.
In the next year, we will review our strategic plan and assess our goals, brainstorm new projects, attend a board of directors training and review our mission statement as well as our bylaws. Keeping up with the economic landscape and Main Street trends, we hope to help our downtown businesses and property owners assess how to keep up with the times and continue to bring folks downtown to live, work, play and shop.
Beth Holsinger is the executive director of the Downtown Sheridan Association.