WY Main Streets: Rawlins DDA/Main Street Wins National Award; Downtown Laramie Depot Restoration Fundraiser

Rawlins DDA 2015

From the Wyoming Business Council:  Rawlins wins 2015 Great American Main Street Award


ATLANTA – Rawlins today became the first community in the northern Rocky Mountain region to win the prestigious Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA).

Rawlins Downtown Development Authority/Main Street Executive Director Pam Thayer and staff along with board of directors, city council and Junior Main Street members, and downtown business owners and volunteers will officially receive the award during today’s opening plenary between 2 and 4 p.m. MDT at the 2015 National Main Streets Conference in Atlanta.

Thayer launched Rawlins’ Main Street efforts in 2006.



”Nine years ago it was overwhelming, but as we moved through the steps, it became a little clearer,” Thayer said. ”And sitting through these classes (at the National Main Streets conference), all I can think about is how much more work we have to do.

”For me, the award represents filling up our tank. It’s getting the gas to keep us moving forward.”

Rawlins was a GAMSA semifinalist last year, a first for a Wyoming Main Street program member, and was given the inaugural One to Watch award. Wyoming Main Street is a Wyoming Business Council program.

“We are so proud Wyoming is home to the first GAMSA recipient in the northern Rocky Mountain region,” Business Council Chief Executive Officer Shawn Reese said. “Rawlins is an outstanding example of how a community can work together to achieve downtown development and enhanced quality of life.”

The National Main Street Center (NMSC) was created in 1980 as a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the NMSC recognizes the country’s best examples of comprehensive commercial district revitalization. Winners are selected from a nationwide pool of applicants by a national jury. 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 Main Street Four-Point Approach®. There are more than 2,000 Main Street communities across the country.


“We are honored to receive this level of recognition,” Rawlins Mayor Robert Grauberger said. “All the hard work from Pam Thayer, the board of directors, and the volunteers, plus the support from the businesses, the community and the City of Rawlins are the reasons we have won this award. We are very proud.”

The town of about 10,000 people is located along Interstate 80 in south-central Wyoming. It was founded in 1867 when surveyors for the transcontinental railroad stopped for water. Hard times hit in the late 1990s and the downtown vacancy rate topped 50 percent. Since Rawlins joined the Wyoming Main Street program nine years ago, the downtown building vacancy rate dropped from 45 percent to 10 percent and 59 private and public rehabilitation projects were completed. The total dollars reinvested in the downtown district since 2008 is about $8.5 million.

Evidence of Rawlins’ can-do spirit is seen in the rehabilitation of the badly deteriorated Rainbow Te-ton buildings, which the Rawlins DDA/Main Street converted into an entrepreneurial center, and the Carbon Mercantile, a community-owned clothing store.

Since the 2014 National Main Streets Conference in Detroit, Rawlins completed a downtown streetscaping project, a public art sculpture project and passed an ordinance that changed the district’s zoning to allow for downtown living.

“Rawlins is a textbook example of how the health of a Main Street is so closely tied to the health of its small businesses,” National Main Street Center President and CEO Patrice Frey said. “Rawlins DDA/Main Street has done a tremendous job of nurturing existing businesses, attracting new enterprise and fostering a true entrepreneurial spirit.

“With the DDA/Main Street now set on creating more downtown housing and façade improvements, we have no doubt Rawlins will only continue to grow and thrive.”

For more information about the Wyoming Main Street program, contact Program Manager Linda Klinck at 307-777-2934 or linda.klinck@wyo.gov.


About the Wyoming Business Council. Our mission is to increase Wyoming’s prosperity. We envision a Wyoming where industries are strong, diverse and expanding. Small business is a big deal. Communities have the highest quality of life. Wyoming is the technology center of the High Plains. Wyoming knows no boundaries. Please go to www.wyomingbusiness.org

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When the Laramie Depot was originally built, in 1924, the drains from the roof emptied into a cistern under the depot. The cistern, in turn, emptied into the city sewer.

Eventually the city had the cistern disconnected from the sewer, and french drains were installed under the downspouts.   The drains have filled up, and are no longer working, so the runoff is degrading and compacting the soil under the brickwork.

We have an engineering study in hand which lays out a plan to install drainage gutters to adequately drain the water away from the foundation of our depot. In order to install the gutters, we will be removing the brickwork, and excavating the soil that is compacting. We will replace the excavated soil with compacted base, graded away from the depot before we install the finishing layer.

We would appreciate any and all help that we can get to repair our depot.

Thank you for your interest!

Laramie Depot

ON THE CALENDAR: October 12, 2012


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LARAMIE:  Fall Bridal Expo by Wyoming Weddings, October 21

Head to the UW Hilton Conference Center for our Laramie Bridal Expo — Fall Edition! 1-4 PM, with fashion shows by Mountain Valley Bridal and all sorts of information from area wedding professionals. If you’d like a booth, contact us at editor@wyolifestyle.com!

JACKSON:  Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club Ski Swap, October 27

The Ski Swap is an annual fundraising event hosted by the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club.  Local and regional vendors as well as local ski enthusiasts will be selling new and used Alpine, Nordic and Snowboard equipment and clothing.  If you have gear to sell or need something for the upcoming season, this is a great opportunity! Heritage Arena, Teton County Fairgrounds, 430 W Snow King Ave in Jackson. Drop off Friday, October 26 from 12 – 7 P. Saturday October 27 7:30A-8:15A Early Bird admission $10 ($5 with Ski Club Membership Card).  8:15 A – 1P — Doors open to public, general admission $1 (free with Ski Club Membership Card). Ski Club Memberships will be for sale at the door for $30 and provide hundreds of benefits and discounts at local businesses throughout the winter season. Pick up Saturday, October 27, 2-4P. Visit this link for contact info for more information:  http://www.jhskiclub.org/ski-swap-october-27-2012

ROCK SPRINGS:  Rock Springs Urban Renewal Agency/Main Street Pumpkin Patch through October 27

The Rock Springs Urban Renewal Agency (URA)/Main Street Program will be hosting their annual Pumpkin Patch again this year, starting on October 1 and running every day until October 27.

This year patch will include 22,000 lbs of pumpkins along with gourds, squash and other fall harvest and the ever-popular Giant Pumpkin!  This family filled atmosphere will have food, local vendors, face painting, games for the kids and opportunities for photos. There will be a professional photographer Saturdays from 12-2pm to capture a family moment or you can take all the pictures you want with your own camera!

Proceeds from the event benefit the URA’s Renewal Fund which assists with grants to downtown businesses, the Downtown Pocket Park, Freight Building renovations, downtown business recruitment and many other projects. If you have any questions, please contact the Rock Springs URA office at (307) 352-1434.

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LANDER:  Lander Lions Club Apple Sale, through October 31

The Lander Lions Club is now taking orders for their annual Apple Sale. Choose from Fuji, Gala, Cameo, Honeycrisp and Jonagold. A 38-pound box is $36 and a 1/2 box is $19. Apples must be ordered and paid for before Oct. 31. To order, contact any Lander Lions Club member or:  Wyoming National Bank (685 Main St., Lander); Furry Friends (116 Chittim Road, Lander);  See Brenda at Lander Senior Center; Valley Automotive (7854 Hwy 789); Call the Tappan’s at 332-7164 or the Durfey’s at 332-5578. Pick up your apples at 230 Christina Dr. (behind Alco) on Saturday, Nov. 3 or Sunday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. They will deliver in Lander area, if requested. Proceeds from this sale benefit Lander Lions Club charitable projects.

CODY:  Wild West Brew Fest at The Terrace Restaurant & Bar, October 20, 5 PM

Sample home-brewed beers, microbeers, and beer-inspired food. Judge’s Choice & People’s Choice Awards will be bestowed. Interested in home brewing? You can’t miss this event! Held at The Terrace Restaurant & Bar, 525 W. Yellowstone Ave. Tickets are $25 and available at the Cody Chamber or at the door. Call 307-587-5868 for more information!

image from Laramie Recreation Center

LARAMIE:  Pumpkin Dunkin, Laramie Recreation Center, October 26

Join the Laramie Recreation Center for their 7th annual Pumpkin Dunkin event, held October 26th, 5 – 8 pm in the Recreation Center Leisure Pool. This event is full of festive fall family fun! Pick out your favorite pumpkin from their aqua-pumpkin patch and have your kids enter the pumpkin creation contest. This event is free with a membership or daily admission pass. Pumpkins may be taken home for $4 each, limit one pumpkin per person.

TORRINGTON;  Eastern Wyoming Arts Council presents Allison Sage, October 28

On October 28 at 7 PM, Allison, a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe from the Wind River Indian Reservation and Northern Arapahoe Eagle Drum Society, will demonstrates Native American traditional singing using a hand drum. She’ll also explain the meaning of the various songs.

Held at Eastern Wyoming College Fine Arts Auditorium; tickets are $15 if purchased by October 26, $20 at the door. Tickets available at the EWC Community Office Tebbet 134, Pinnacle Bank and the Goshen County Chamber of Commerce. Call EWC at 307-532-8213 with questions.

SHERIDAN:  WYO Theater Gala presents “Anything Goes”, October 20

From Sheridan Chamber of Commerce:  The WYO Theater’s Annual Fundraising Gala features the musical “Anything Goes”, winner of three 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Cole Porter’s classic stars your favorite local talent in an unforgettably fun and willfully silly musical. As the SS American heads out to sea, two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love … proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise, and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this hilariously bumpy ride are some of the musical theatre’s most memorable standards, including “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “It’s Delovely,” and of course “Anything Goes.” The October 20th performance is the big gala event, with hors d’oeurves and drinks preceding the performance. Doors open at 6:00 pm, curtain at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the gala evening are $100 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets (when available), contact the WYO Theater box office at (307) 672-9084 or online at www.wyotheater.com. Encore performance will be October 25-28.

CASPER:  Sesame Street Live at the Events Center!
A treat for the little ones! Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 pm, Wednesday, October 17 at 10:30 am (Kids’ Matinee Special); Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30 pm. Tickets:  $18, $22, $27 Gold Circle, and $52 Sunny Seats; Special Kids’ Matinee Group Pricing:  $12 for Groups of 10 or more (excluding Gold Circle and Sunny Seats). Click here for ticket purchasing.



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