Main Street Hosts 14th Annual Brewfest in Downtown Laramie

Main Street Hosts 14th Annual Brewfest in Downtown Laramie

Laramie Main Street Alliance (LMSA) will host the 14th Annual Laramie Brewfest, their primary fundraising event on Saturday, July 13 at Depot Park in Downtown Laramie.

Laramie’s Brewfest hosts over 2,000 participants sampling beers, listening to live music and connecting with local vendors, while raising funds to ensure LMSA’s services remain free to every business, building and entrepreneur in the downtown district and in support for downtown improvement projects, beautification and public art. This year attendees can expect to enjoy samples from over 75 brewers from across the country, local food trucks and live music from Mama Lenny and the Remedy and Wolves in Cheap Clothing.

Main Street Joins Rural LISC Conference to Catalyze Community Opportunities

Laramie Main Street Alliance to Attend National Rural LISC Conference convening more than 250 rural community development experts to catalyze new opportunities in rural America

Laramie, WY — As the new member to the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Laramie Main Street Alliance is pleased to announce it will send staff to the 2019 Rural LISC Seminar, an annual national conference for rural community development professionals. This year’s Seminar will be held in Monticello, New York June 4-7 and will provide a unique forum to learn about new rural economic development opportunities; gain valuable insight on critical issues facing rural America such as the 2020 Census; develop asset building tools and organizational development strategies; and offer a networking environment for sharing knowledge with rural development colleagues from across the country.

Trey Sherwood, Executive Director for Laramie Main Street, shared her enthusiasm in being able to attend this seminar. “We are excited to be exposed to new resources for our businesses, network with other economic development professionals in rural settings, and come back fresh and empowered to roll up our sleeves and make a difference in our community”.

LISC President and CEO Maurice Jones will welcome attendees with a keynote address. Participants will engage in three days of plenary and workshop sessions organized around:

  • Economic Development – exploring new ways to catalyze economic development through downtown revitalization efforts, innovative wealth and skill-building strategies, and Opportunity Zones.  

  • Capacity Building – discovering how to increase organizational capacity through bridging generational differences in the workplace, asset and property management, and innovative financing tools.

  • Community Development – learning about the latest rural community development trends and how to best respond to them, including the opioid crisis, transportation barriers, and fighting isolation/striving for inclusion among our LGBTQ community.

“Laramie Main Street exemplifies the very best in bringing innovative programming to their community, and we are delighted that they are attending this year’s Seminar,” said Suzanne Anarde, LISC Vice President and Rural LISC Director.  

Downtown Laramie Wyoming

About Laramie Main Street Alliance

Laramie Main Street Alliance strives to preserve historic Downtown Laramie while enhancing its economic and social vitality. Laramie Main Street Alliance is a part of the State of Wyoming's Wyoming Main Street program under the Wyoming Business Council.  Guided by the principles of the National Main Street Program, our organization meets its goals by following the Main Street four point approach which includes design, organization, economic restructuring and promotion. Learn more ar https://laramiemainstreet.org/mainstreet.

About Rural LISC

Launched in 1995, Rural LISC is the rural component of the largest community development support organization in the country, called LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation). For 24 years, Rural LISC has partnered with rural communities, helping to forge innovative solutions that lead to prosperity and opportunity. Rural LISC’s investments in rural America have totaled $1.25 billion in grants, equity and low-cost loan funds. Rural LISC has leveraged this investment resulting in $3.3 billion from public and private sources, to produce 35,000 affordable homes and apartments, create 4 million square feet of commercial and community space, assist 700 businesses, create 12,000 jobs and support 20 early childhood centers. By generating resources and investing in the grassroots efforts of its 89 partner community-based organizations, Rural LISC is committed to making rural communities good places to live, work, do business and raise children. Learn more at www.lisc.org/rural.





Now Hiring: Farmers Market Manager

 The Laramie Main Street Alliance (LMSA) is seeking a Market Manager for the 2019 season. This individual should be a strong communicator, team player, self motivated and organized. Experience working with food systems, markets, events and/or non-profits is a plus. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and three references to Shantel Anderson, LMSA Board Chair and Market Chair, at orders@starawards.promo by Feb. 8, 2019. This is a part time, seasonal position.

For more information about Laramie Main Street, visit: www.laramiemainstreet.org 

The Downtown Laramie Farmers Market is a weekly event hosted by Laramie Main Street on Friday afternoons from the last week in June through the end of September. The market provides access to locally and regionally grown produce, farm products, local artisans and non-profits. In addition to food trucks, and and drinks and food stalls, live entertainment provides a vibrant market atmosphere. The market’s goal is to drive traffic downtown, increase sales for local entrepreneurs and create a sense of vibrancy within the Laramie community.

Manager Position

The Market Manager is a vital contributor to the planning and coordination of the vendors and supporting agencies.  It is a part time position with primary responsibility being the day-to-day operation of the farmers market in the summer, but a large component of the planning occurs before the market begins in the spring.  An ideal manager has strong communication skills, necessary for working with Laramie Main Street market committee, the City of Laramie, as well as a developing a close working relationship with the market vendors.  The manager has a flexible schedule regarding correspondence pre-season (spring).  During the market season (summer), the position includes an on-site presence at the market during all market hours, Fridays, 1 to 8 pm. The manager will report to the committee chair from Laramie Main Street’s market committee, who will set market policies. In addition, the manager will represent the market to vendors, market consumers, and to the community.

Pre-season (spring)

  • Review and update market application and vendor fees

  • Send out application to previous vendors and past waitlists

  • Respond to emails regarding the application process

  • Coordinate with committee members about permit acquisition and requests for assistance from the City of Laramie:

    • Waste 

    • Streets 

    • Parks

  • Work with committee members to schedule weekly musical entertainment and other market needs (i.e. portable toilets)

  • With assistance from Main Street’s fundraising committee, contact past and potential sponsors of the SNAP incentive

  • Review applications, build a map and proposed vendor list; review with committee members

  • Contact approved vendors

  • Prepare a letter for vendors reminding them of rules and expectations

  • Coordinate with LMSA committee about an advertising campaign for the market; ensure the vendor application and payment options are available online

  • Confirm payment systems are functioning (EBT, Square, and PayPal)

  • Prepare a formal report to the committee about the upcoming market season

 

In-seasonMarket Season (summer)

  • Respond to email and phone requests for the market

  • Weekly duties:

    • Confirm market layout and vendor list for the specific date

    • Call dispatch about remaining cars parked in lot

    • Organizing vendors into locations* 

    • Erect market tent and music tent* 

    • Arrange trash and other temporary market features*

    • Communicate with vendors about updates, issues, and questions*

    • Facilitate the Market Money program (collecting payments via credit/debit and EBT cards in exchange for tokens for use with the market vendors)*

    • Collect remaining payments from vendors (if not processed online)*

    • Closing the market by breaking down market tents*

    • Walk the the market location and collect trash*

    • Deposit market fees

  • Track income and expense and provide weekly reports to LMSA’s accountant

  • Communicate with committee chair about needs, issues and other pertinent information as necessary 

*Many of these duties are done in conjunction with the Market Assistant who is available weekly during the market  

Post-season/Wrap up

  • Coordinate with committee surveys for customers, vendors, and downtown businesses

  • Prepare a formal report to the committee about the market season, including recommendations for future years

Laramie Main Street Prepares for Transformation in 2019

New Year’s Resolutions aren’t just for individuals. As part of its ongoing work to revitalize downtown Laramie, Laramie Main Street is seeking feedback from the public on what they want downtown to be like in the future.

“We all have things we love about downtown and things we wish were different. This process is a great opportunity for our community, business owners, consumers, partners and volunteers to document their thoughts in a way that will influence our strategies moving forward” said Laramie Main Street Director, Trey Sherwood.

As part of a refresh to the Main Street 4-point approach, economic vitality, design, organization and promotion, downtown Laramie will adopt “Transformation Strategies” with assistance from National Main Street and Wyoming Main Street.

Based on broad community input, Main Street will be adopting measurable strategies that over the course of several years will bring about positive, intentional change in downtown’s economy. The strategies will focus on expanding a specific type of business or meeting the needs of certain types of customers.

The short survey, asking things like, “What are the top issues facing downtown” and “what business types would you like to see downtown” will be open January 7 – 17 via www.laramiemainstreet.org. It can also be accessed directly through this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KPBN3KX

Survey results will be reviewed by the Laramie Main Street board at 5 pm on January 22 at 115 Ivinson Avenue during a visit with National Main Street staff. For more information about the “Transformation Strategy” process or to get involved, email downtownlaramie@gmail.com.

What a Year: 2018's Top Ten Moments!

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What a year! 
Here are our Top 10 Moments from 2018.
 

#1. This fall, National Main Street picked Laramie as one of five featured communitiesmodeling the success of the Main Street model. It was an absolute honor to be chosen and a joy to brag about the community we love! 

#2. We opened the doors to the all-new Big Hollow Food Co-Op thanks to the shared vision and support of our partners at the Wyoming Business Council and The City of Laramie!

#3. We exceeded our Giving Tuesday goal and raised over $2,500 in one day thanks to all of you!

#4. We kicked off 2018 by merging with the Downtown Laramie Business Association, adopting a full-calendar of your favorite events and allowing us to cheer for Laramie with more resources, volunteers and opportunities to connect on the streets!

#5. Working with the Laramie Public Art Coalition (LPAC), we completed Gill Street, the collaborative fish mural seen from 1st Street including unique fish from 20+ local artists! 

#6. We added two new high-capacity bike racks to the streets of downtown. Spot these beauties, designed by local artist Meg Thompson and installed by our friends at The City of Laramie, in front of Coal Creek Coffee and Pedal House!

#7. We moved! The LMSA offices moved from Grand Ave. to our new location at 115 Ivinson Ave. We are nestled between The Chocolate Cellar and Sweet Pickles, and are loving all the new sites and sounds of this block; the oldest part of the commercial district. 

#8. You may have noticed something new at The Wyo Theater. We changed the sign! Have an idea of what you'd like the marquee to say for the new year? Send us your ideas!

#9. Speaking of moving and all-new, we expanded the Downtown Laramie Farmer's Market! Moving the location allowed us to welcome all-new vendors, activate the adjacent green space and plug in new placemaking and community projects like The Toy Library and the Story Booth!

#10. In 2018 we set our sights on supporting you. We continued hosting Coffee + Conversations, a peer-to-peer gathering for business and property owners to expand and grow their businesses, and continued to work to create opportunities for coaching and support that helps your business thrive!

[Bonus #11: Main Street staff celebrated big in 2018, from dancing on the streets to sharing our success stories among our economic development peers throughout Laramie, across Wyoming and beyond. WEDA took us to Evanston and Main Street America to Kansas City. Our Small Business Saturday caught the attention of the Business Council and Livability said we were one of the Top 100 places to live. Nothing feels better than representing our organization and the community we love!]


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 A big thank you to the businesses, property owners, volunteers, donors and downtown lovers for making our 2018 one for the books!

Interested in supporting Laramie Main Street in the new year?
Learn how you can lend Laramie Main Street a hand!


Thank you to our
2018 Laramie Main Street Champions:


Business Donations:

  • Ivinson Memorial Hospital

  • Anong’s Thai Cuisine

  • The Mortgage Source

  • The Chocolate Cellar

  • Big Dipper Ice Cream

  • Cowboy Glass

  • Works of Wyoming

  • Spic and Span Laundromat

  • Dodd’s Shoe Co.

  • Laramie Basecamp

  • Poppy’s

  • CPA Group of Laramie

  • Herb House

  • Behavior Science Investigations

  • Mountain Valley Bridal

  • Sensuous She

  • Bent and Rusty

  • Gallery West/Frame Plant

  • Atmosphere Mountain Works

  • Albany County Tourism

  • Mountain Valley Property

  • Bart’s Flea Market

  • 504 Partnership

  • Back of the Wagon Antiques

  • Corthell and King

  • Coal Creek Coffee

  • Coal Creek TAP

  • Steam Vapour

  • Quilt Essentials

  • Ruby’s on Grand

  • Altitude Chophouse and Brewery

  • Speedgoat

  • Relative Theatrics

  • Sweet Melissa’s Vegetarian Café

  • Travel Inn

  • Star Awards and Promos

  • The Local Crowd

Individual Donors:

  • Lars Kotthoff

  • Rick Fisher

  • Carly Ann Carruthers

  • Kim Vincent

  • Rebecca Raybould

  • Ann Accuf

  • Ray Olson

  • Margaret Brown

  • Jessica Brauer

  • Jon Weibe

  • Bonnie Miller

  • Nathan Potter

  • Trey Sherwood

  • Shantel Anderson

  • Effie Bader

  • Julie Obert

  • Claudia Woods

  • Dianne Bruner

  • Favian Hernandez

  • Susan Moldenhauer

  • Andrea Graham

  • Rine Kaschow

  • Anne Alexander

  • Meghan Lockwood

  • Jacqueline Grimes

  • Jill Ottman

  • KC Vernon

  • Kathleen Bertoncelj

  • Christy Smith

  • Fred Schmechel

  • Maggie Bourque

  • Diane Wolverton

  • Glenda Earl

  • Stephanie Gies

  • Erin Rose

  • Jerry Schmidt

Laramie Celebrates 150th Birthday

Laramie Wyoming 150th

May 5, 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the Union Pacific “rolling into town,” thus establishing Laramie as an “end of tracks” town. With the establishment of law and order, the commercial core district, local government, the Wyoming Territorial Prison and University of Wyoming, the town began to flourish.


To celebrate 150 years in the “Gem City,” Laramie’s 150th anniversary committee, made up of museums, historic sites, libraries and archives, the Albany County Tourism Board, Laramie Main Street, the Laramie Boomerang and the City of Laramie, invites the community to be part of this yearlong celebrations.  


From a kick off weekend with events at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site and Laramie Railroad Depot May 4 - 6 to mark the 150th anniversary to new exhibits at local museums, a fall lecture series at the American Heritage Center, historic walking tours downtown, family friendly activities, and custom memorabilia, we are excited to celebrate 150 years of history on “The Gem City of the Plains”. 


To host a successful series of events and produce 150th themed merchandise, the anniversary committee has identified the need to raise $30,000 from individuals, businesses, foundations and grants. We are currently one-third of the way to our fundraising goal and are inviting the community to contribute. We are challenging 150 individuals to give $150 dollars by visiting
http://visitlaramie.org/laramie150 or taking a check made to “Albany County Tourism Board” with “150” in the memo line to First Interstate Bank. 


Businesses wishing to sponsor should contact the fundraising committee for more information about donor levels and opportunities for recognition: 


Devin Stalder, 307-399-0967, djstalder@cityoflaramie.org  
Todd Feezer, 307-721-5260, tfeezer@cityoflaramie.org  
Trey Sherwood, 307-760-3355, downtownlaramie@gmail.com   
Mike Gray, 307-745-4195, admin@visitlaramie.org  


For more information about events scheduled for the 150th anniversary, visit: http:/visitlaramie.org/laramie150  

Laramie Main Street joins global #GivingTuesday movement

Giving Tuesday Laramie Wyoming

LARAMIE, WY–Laramie Main Street Alliance (LMSA) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely-recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

“I give because a vibrant downtown means a healthy community, and a unique, fun and profound place to make a life,” LMSA Organization Committee member Maggie Bourque said. “Every time I share something like the Laramie Mural Project or the Farm Walls with someone—local or visitor—the sense of pride and excitement reminds me of how much I benefit from the strength and creativity of our community, and how lucky I am to be even a small part of helping it thrive.”

LMSA will celebrate volunteers, partners and donors who have given their time or money to the organization by featuring testimonials on the Downtown Laramie social media pages.

“Our volunteers, partners and donors are the heart and soul of Main Street,” LMSA Communications Coordinator Director Jessica Brauer said. “Many hands make light work, and we are fortunate to have the hands, talent and passion of many building a thriving downtown with us.”

“The generosity and enthusiasm of our community allows us to execute projects that make downtown thrive and ensure our economic development, historic preservation, design, outreach and marketing services remain free to business and property owners within the district.”

Those who are interested in joining Main Street’s #GivingTuesday initiative can apply to volunteer or make a tax-deductible donation.

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website, Facebook page or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.