About Goshen Main Street
Over the course of three years (2018 to 2021), GoGoshen joined with local businesses to create Goshen Main Street; a locally-led, community-driven effort to protect and enhance our rural community.
Through the creation of Goshen Main Street, we hoped to strengthen our economy, provide a better quality of life, build on our local assets and preserve our local businesses and community.
In the process, we followed the Main Street Four-Point Approach: A community-driven and common-sense way to address a variety of issues and problems facing traditional business districts. It advocates a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment, and the rebuilding of traditional commercial districts based on unique assets such as distinctive architecture, a pedestrian-friendly environment, personal service, local ownership, and a sense of place.
Today, Goshen Main Street is the heart of eastern Wyoming, thriving with family-friendly events, shopping, great restaurants, and enriched pioneer history.
Additionally, it ensures the continuation of events, the beautification/preservation of our historic downtowns and the ability to preserve and enhance Goshen County in the following ways:
- Design: Enhancing the physical elements of downtown while capitalizing on the unique assets that set the commercial district apart.
- Economic Vitality: Making the most communities unique sense of place and existing historic assets, harnessing local economic opportunity, and creating a supportive business environment for small business owners and the growing scores of entrepreneurs, innovators, and locals alike
- Promotion: Position the downtown as the center of the community and the hub of economic activity while creating a positive image that showcases the community’s unique characteristics.
- Organization: Ensure that all organizational resources (partners, funding, volunteers, etc.) are mobilized to effectively implement the Community Transformation Strategies
About Main Street America
Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural, and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.
Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $79.12 billion in new public and private investment generated 640,017 net new jobs and 143,613 net new businesses and rehabilitated more than 284,936 buildings.
Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.