Evanston named Great American Main Street semifinalist again

Evanston’s Main Stree, semifinalist for Great American Main Street Award. COURTESY PHOTO/Wyoming Business Council

CHEYENNE — For the second year in a row, the Evanston Urban Renewal Agency/Main Street has been named a semifinalist for a Great American Main Street Award.

Last year, 10 semifinalist communities were named from across the country; this year, there are eight semifinalists.

“The Great American Main Street Award is a top honor within the commercial district revitalization field,” said Patrice Frey, President and CEO of the National Main Street Center, in a press release. “These eight outstanding semifinalists have demonstrated the impressive economic and community growth that is possible when commercial districts harness the power of the Main Street Approach. They’re a model for Main Street programs across the country working to achieve comprehensive, preservation-based revitalization.”

Evanston is a certified community of Wyoming Main Street, which is a program of the Wyoming Business Council. Wyoming Main Street reported 74 net new businesses, $15 million in private funds invested and 168.5 net new jobs among 17 aspiring, affiliate and certified Main Street communities in 2018.  

“We’re very proud,” said Jane Law, the manager of Evanston Main Street. “It’s a huge honor. The GAMSA application process is quite extensive. This community and all the citizens, volunteers and supporters who have been involved over so many years and accomplished so much deserve this honor and recognition.”

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