2016 Great American Main Street Awards Winner
Los Alamos MainStreet was selected as a winner of the 2016 Great American Main Street Awards, chosen by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Los Alamos MainStreet was picked as “One to Watch,” for being a neighborhood making progress toward revitalizing its downtown district.
A statement issued by Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center, reads, “The 2016 GAMSA winners have succeeded in making their towns an exciting place to live, work, play and visit through implementing our historic preservation-based methodology for downtown revitalization. “In each locality, the local Main Street organization has collaborated with residents, business owners and other local partners to revitalize their district by promoting the assets that makes that community special.”
The awards were presented May 23 at the center’s 2016 Main Street Now Conference in Milwaukee. A national jury composed of former award winners, community development professionals and government representatives involved in historic preservation and community revitalization chose winners. Criteria include “strength of the Main Street in creating an exciting place to live, work, play and visit, commitment to historic preservation, implementation of model partnerships and demonstrated success of the center’s approach to revitalizing downtown corridors.
The Los Alamos MainStreet, a program of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation, is building a vibrant community through a thriving economy. We leverage public and private sector investment to achieve sustainable economic development. We drive economic progress by providing services to businesses using a broad portfolio of programs and initiatives. We balance sound economic considerations with social and environmental concerns as we serve the business community, create and retain jobs, and diversify the economy.
MainStreet Futures Charter/Purpose
MainStreet Futures Committee is a forum for coordination of downtown business interests, downtown property owners, and local government. Meetings are the second Monday of each month.
The purpose of this group is to identify and promote new and varied uses for underutilized commercial buildings; identify new market opportunities for the downtown; identify and promote initiatives that enhance the prospects of success for new and existing businesses as well as prospects for development/redevelopment consistent with the approved downtown plan; identify and promote opportunities to physically improve public areas, buildings, and businesses downtown; provide input and advice to promotional activities of the MainStreet program; and, be a sounding board for downtown priorities and advocacy.
Main Street Futures Committee
Andy Fox, Brian Bosshardt, Dave Fox, David Jolly, Fran Berting, Heather McClenahan, Jim Hall, Kelly Stewart, Ken Nebel, Laura Tietjen, Nancy Bartlit, Pam Miller, Patrick Sullivan, Pete Sheehey, Philip Kunsburg, Philo Sheton, Ron Wilkins, Rose Evans, Ryn Herrmann, Sam Kendricks, Shannon CdeBaca, Susan O’Leary and Suzette Fox
Los Alamos MainStreet Staff
Los Alamos MainStreet Executive Director
Suzette has been the Executive Director of Los Alamos MainStreet since 2009. Suzette facilitates the Los Alamos MainStreet Program dedicated to the promotion and revitalization of downtown. Los Alamos is a mixed-use, pedestrian friendly center, offering projects, events, services and entertainment that address the community’s needs for ‘quality of life.’ Los Alamos MainStreet is a nationally accredited program by the National Historic Preservation Trust. She has been active in the community since she moved to Los Alamos in 2002. She also owns an interior design business.
Los Alamos MainStreet Coordinator
Rose is the event coordinator for Los Alamos MainStreet. She runs the four major events Los Alamos MainStreet hosts each year; the WinterFest light parade, Trick or Treat on MainStreet, the Fair and Rodeo Parade, and their annual signature event- ScienceFest. Amongst her busy event schedule, she also serves as the Curator for the Los Alamos Creative District, working to bring more people to a more vibrant and creative downtown. Rose received her Event Coordinator Certification through the University of New Mexico’s Continuing Education Division, and also runs her own wedding and event planning business.