Downtown Sheridan Association (DSA) has been designated as an Accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards. Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of Accredited programs to recognize their exceptional commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™.
In 2022, Main Street America programs generated $6.2 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 7,657 net new businesses, facilitated the creation of 29,174 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 10,688 historic buildings, and leveraged 1,528,535 volunteer hours. On average, for every dollar that a Main Street program spent to support their operations, it generated $24.07 of new investment back into their downtown communities.
Collectively, 2 million people live or work within the boundaries of designated Main Street America districts. An estimated workforce of 1.1 million people contribute their skills and expertise to advancing the missions of these historic downtowns and commercial corridors.
DSA’s performance is annually evaluated by Wyoming Main Street through the Wyoming Business Council, which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify the local programs that meet rigorous national performance standards. To quality for Accreditation status, communities must meet a set of rigorous standards that include commitments to building grassroots revitalization programs, fostering strong public-private partnerships, nurturing economic opportunity for small businesses and entrepreneurs, and actively preserving historic places, spaces, and cultural assets.
Downtown Sheridan Association works diligently every year to retain their accreditation status by focusing on and supporting the Downtown Sheridan community. In 2022, DSA carried out the second year of the Shop Small Sweepstakes and received 486 entries, accumulating a total of $48,853.64 spent in the downtown district during the month of November. DSA was proud to host the 21st Annual Wine Festival on September 16th in the downtown-centered, Grinnell Plaza. The event had an impressive attendance of vendors, supporters and visitors. Ultimately, Downtown Sheridan Association was named a Great American Main Street Aware (GAMSA) semi-finalist. The award is Main Street America’s highest honor and recognizes the very best downtowns and neighborhood business districts across the country who serve as models for comprehensive, preservation-based revitalization.
Looking forward to 2023, DSA is excited to remain on the path by offering various promotions and events as they navigate through construction this summer. DSA would like to encourage patrons to support businesses during the Downtown Sheridan Main Street Construction and Utility Upgrade Project. Downtown businesses will be accessible and sidewalks will remain open during construction and DSA has marketing strategies in place to help our community keep thriving through the summer months!
ABOUT DOWNTOWN SHERIDAN ASSOCIATION
Our Mission is to preserve, enhance and promote Historic Downtown Sheridan to ensure future prosperity.
The Downtown Sheridan area serves as the heartbeat of the community where people come together to enjoy the convenience and friendliness of hometown businesses, local services, specialty and convenience shopping and unique recreational and cultural activities. Our downtown is the pride of our community providing both financial and intrinsic value, a popular destination for visitors as well as new businesses and residents while preserving our historical assets.
The Downtown Sheridan Association was founded in 1985 and became incorporated in 1987. DSA follows the approach by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, also known as the Main Street Program. The key to the Main Street Program is to improve the image of our community’s downtown through a balanced and comprehensive process that requires incremental improvements in four areas: Organization, Promotion Design Economic Restructuring.
ABOUT MAIN STREET AMERICA
Main Street America leads a movement committed to strengthening communities through preservation-based economic development in older and historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. For more than 40 years, Main Street America has provided a practical, adaptable, and impactful framework for community-driven, comprehensive revitalization through the Main Street Approach™. Our network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have generated more than $101.58 billion in new public and private investment, generated 168,693 net new businesses and 746,897 net new jobs, rehabilitated more than 325,119 buildings, and managed over 33.7 million volunteer hours. Main Street America is a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information, visit mainstreet.org.