Main Street Commission

General Information

Main Street Central City is a city commission and part of the Colorado Main Street® Program, a program dedicated to revitalizing traditional downtown districts within the context of historic preservation. The program uses an approach that advocates a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment and the rebuilding of central business districts based on their traditional assets of unique architecture, personal service, local ownership and a sense of community. The City of Central was accepted into the program as a "Main Street Candidate Community" in November 2015.

Main Street is about real places doing real things. The program is designed to advocate and support rebuilding of central business districts based on the traditional assets of each community’s unique architecture, character and local ownership. The program has three things: a proven strategy for revitalization, a strong network of linked communities and a committed staff who manage the program.

This is a statewide program that assists local governments, downtown organizations and communities through a process that helps organize community needs and ideas so they result in a strategic plan to work from. It provides technical resources and training in the four areas featured in the National Main Street Center® Approach:

  • Economic Vitality
  • Design
  • Organization
  • Promotion

Mission Statement

A volunteer effort by citizens, businesses, organizations and government to revitalize Main Street Central City, Colorado by diversifying and expanding businesses and cultural opportunities while maintaining its historic integrity and value.

Check out the MSCC informational brochure or visit the Department of Local Affairs' Main Street Resources page for more information. 

Like Main Street Central City on Facebook.

Economic Development 

Visit the Opportunities and Incentive page for a complete list of opportunities within the City. 

Get Involved

The commercial district reflects the image of the entire community and plays a key role in the local economy. For these reasons, every resident has a vested interest in the future of our Main Street. Local citizens, merchants, property owners, realtors, bankers, historic preservation groups, civic groups, religious institutions, and local industries can all participate in revitalizing our Main Street.

MSCC relies heavily on and greatly appreciates the community support and volunteers who offer their skills and time, and has a several opportunities to get involved. Individuals can get involved by volunteering at our events, reaching out to local businesses and sharing MSCC information, attending our monthly meetings, or serving on the Main Street Central City Commission. Please fill out the Stakeholder/Volunteer Form and send to lroemhildt@cityofcentral.coVisit our volunteer opportunities for openings on the Main Street Central City Commission. 

Main Street Central City Commissioners

Barbara Thielemann, Chair (expires 6/23)

Jeremy Kaiser, Vice Chair (expires 6/23) 

Peter Droege, Secretary (expires 6/23)

Deborah M. Wightman, Treasurer (expires 6/25)

Shirley Voorhies (expires 6/25)

Ashley Martin, alternate (expires 6/25)

Meetings are held every third Wednesday of each month in the City Council Chambers, 141 Nevada Street at 6:00 p.m. (some meetings may be canceled or changed, so please contact City Hall to verify if a specific meeting will be held). Find upcoming meeting information here

Staff Contact

Lisa Roemhildt, Community Development Director
Office: (303) 582-5251 ext. 31

Start with Art

Funded in part by a Colorado Main Street (COMS) grant, MSCC is working to beautify vacant storefronts with art. Phase I includes historic canvases, and Phase II includes collaborating with artist, galleries, and students interested in displaying their art in vacant storefronts. 

start with art

Market Analysis

Through COMS, MSCC receives consulting support and utilized this for a Market Analysis in the summer of 2020. The purpose of the study is to identify potential future appropriate uses for downtown Central City, analyze current downtown commercial and residential markets, and identify current and future opportunities to add vibrancy to the downtown over the next five to ten years. 

Colorado Rural Academy for Tourism (CRAFT) 

In 2020, MSCC hosted a successful CRAFT Workshop focused on recovery and reopening. Since participating, the commission received an implementation grant to capture video and photo footage of local businesses as well as provide local businesses with marketing tips amidst the new norm. If your business did not participate, please feel free to review this flyer. Local footage may be found here