The Department of Local Affairs’ (DOLA) Colorado Main Street Program has escalated the Town of Windsor to the top tier of their ranking system.
Windsor joins only seven other cities and towns at the Graduate Level of the Colorado Main Street Program, which offers support for community-led downtown revitalization and helps communities thrive by providing a customizable framework to focus efforts, energy and resources to create a more vibrant community.
Before American travelers began to settle the area, the place we call Windsor was home to immense herds of bison and the native peoples that hunted them. With the arrival of the railroad in 1882 came sugar beet farmers and processing, followed by new industries such as the windmill blade production and recycling facilities of today. Since its incorporation in 1890, the Town of Windsor has steadily grown to its current 30,000 residents. However, Windsor retains its small town feel, largely due to its success in the Main Street program.
With cities and town struggling through unprecedented pandemic and economic challenges in 2020, the Windsor Downtown Development Authority/Main Street has persevered to serve its community in a greater capacity than ever imagined, encouraging growth within the organization and fostering partnerships with the business community.
Some of the key achievements driving this recognition include the DDA’s leadership in helping facilitate revitalization of the Windsor Mill and their current 3D Virtual Shopping Tour (and elf hunt), which is encouraging visitors to browse local shops in a socially distanced manner.
The Colorado Main Street Program, funded in part by a State Historical Fund from History Colorado, continues to provide official Main Street cities and towns assistance in building community engagement and support, to attain their long-term visions for the future of their historic downtowns.
To learn more about the Colorado Main Street Program, visit cdola.colorado.gov/main-street.