SHERIDAN — The nonprofit Downtown Sheridan Association announced Wednesday that the organization has been designated an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting a set of performance standards set by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center.
“(Other Wyoming entities) look at Sheridan as a model Main Street community for our state,” said DSA Project Manager Bonnie Gregory.
“What it essentially means is we have more support on a national level,” she said.
Each year, the National Main Street Center recognizes programs that have built strong revitalization organizations and demonstrate their ability to strengthen a local economy while protecting historic architecture.
“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for meeting our established performance standards,” National Main Street Center acting director Valecia Crisafulli said in a media release. “Accredited Main Street programs are meeting the challenges of the downtown in the economy head on and are successfully using a focused, comprehensive revitalization strategy to keep their communities vibrant and sustainable.”
The DSA’s performance is evaluated annually by the Wyoming Main Street Program in conjunction with the National Main Street Center. The evaluations are performed in an effort to identify downtown organizations that meet a series of performance standards, which include developing a mission, fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, and tracking economic progress among other elements.
For its part, the DSA has reinvested more than $83,000 in the Sheridan community this year through grants.
Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Main Street Center works to help communities revitalize their historic commercial districts. The organization has established a presence in more than 2,200 downtowns over the last 32 years while leveraging more than $55.7 billion in new public and private investment.