Colorado Main Street Program / Meeker:Project45
In 2020, Meeker moved up a level from Candidate and was accepted as a Designated Community in the Colorado Main Street Program and follows the Main Street approach which includes Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Vitality. The program is designed to advocate and support a return to local empowerment, and the rebuilding of central business districts based on the traditional assets of each community’s unique architecture, character, and local ownership. Designated – Meeker award letter
“The Meeker Chamber-Main Street program has worked to build a strong relationship with the town, the Rio Blanco Historical Society, local business owners, and the community at large. We applaud their work on OEDIT’s Blueprint 2.0 Placemaking, and The Meeker Trailhead: The Start and End to your Adventure and Project 45: The Hub for Meeker Initiatives. This past November, our Colorado’s Main Street managers voted Meeker as the “Main Street Community of the Year.” Gayle Langley, State Coordinator.
Meeker:Project45: Our program is supported by and includes the involvement of the Town of Meeker, Rio Blanco County, Meeker citizens, business owners and organizations. We have customized the program to reflect our town and we have renamed ourselves to Meeker: Project45. Meeker was the 45th town to be incorporated into Colorado.
Our Board: Jan Nye (President), Teresia Ruckman-Reed (Vice President), Sean VonRoenn (Treasurer), Scott Creecy, Niki Turner
Program Manager: Stephanie Kobald is the manager of Meeker’s program, and was recently accepted as a member of the Colorado Main Street Advisory Board as the community representative.
About us Powerpoint: Meeker Manager Summit Nov 2019
Join Us: We meet on the third Thursday of the month at Noon at the Heritage Culture Center, 517 Park Avenue
More information about the Colorado program can be found here: DOLA Main Street Website
Downtown Lightpole Banners
Banners were added to the lightpoles along Main Street from 7th to 3rd street that celebrate Meeker’s historic and recreational culture. The banners at the intersections display colorful artwork and were the result of a collaboration with Meeker High School art teacher, Ben Quinn. The High School art students created the art reflecting historic buildings, recreational activities and iconic cultural images. The banners along the streets note cultural and historic events. Stroll Main Street and you’ll notice the vibrancy these unique banners add to our downtown!
Walk Your City Signs
Based on www.walkyourcity.org, the signs show the distance in minutes to some town amenities, in a fun and unique way. There are 10 sign locations, with a QR code to view a map of the locations.
- The signs are located at primary pedestrian stopping points, to reach people and offer a new and approachable opportunity for public participation.
- The signs encourage more active transportation choices, and boost the community’s walkability, making Meeker healthier, safer, and more vibrant.
- The signs raise awareness about places to explore around Meeker. People are engaged to further take a photo of the QR code and see the locations throughout town on a digital map.
The signs are a component of a larger placemaking project involving wayfinding signage, streetscape beautification, market street crossings, and connecting the historic downtown with Market Street and the river/parks.
- For visitors: Visitors to Meeker don’t always realize all that is here. The signs educate and encourage fun exploration. Visitors don’t always stop and pick up a town map, so this is a way to reach them with a basic digital map.
- For residents: the perception of distance is often greater than the physical distance itself. Clear, simple signage, reminding our neighbors that “it’s not too far” to places they visit, is one way to break down that misperception and get more feet on the street.
- The walking route shown on the map crosses Market Street at 5th, to start to emphasize this intersection since as it will be the first location of the safety crossing.
For more info : Meeker- walk your city about
The idea of wayfinding signs in Meeker has been talked about for many years and our committee decided to take on the development of this project. The signs direct visitors along Market Street and throughout town to Meeker’s attractions. These include places such as the library, cemetery, National Historic District, White River, Schools and more. They not only direct, but also inform people about the amenities Meeker has to offer.
We are still raising funds for the project, which has so far been funded by DOLA, Town of Meeker, Rio Blanco County, ERBM Recreation & Park District, Cemetery District, Library District and the Meeker Chamber of Commerce.
We thank our local contractors Identity Graphics, Ruckmans Shop, Kromer Electric and the Town of Meeker.
Strategic Plan & Brochure
Meeker Project:45, in partnership with Rio Blanco County Office of Economic Development, was awarded a Blueprint 2.o Initiative by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade for Community Placemaking. OEDIT, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and Community Builders, led the initiative that engaged the community by identifying local assets, providing instruction on the fundamentals of developing a sense of place, and developing a cohesive vision and strategy based on community assets. The key to building a strong and resilient economy starts with creating a great community where people want to live and work. The Interactive Community Placemaking Public Workshop was held and a document was developed that summarizes the goals and strategies for placemaking to be used as a guide for action and implementation. One of the strategies includes Market Street Redesign and Streetscaping.
Click to view the Meeker.Blueprint2.0CommunityPlacemaking.StrategyDocument.
Meeker Market Analysis and Opportunities Assessment
Through the Main Street Program, RBI Consulting was hired to prepare a Market Analysis for Meeker. Click here to read the Final Report , which includes the following:
- Results from the Market Analysis, Business and Property Inventory and Business Survey
- Identifies market gaps and opportunities for development based on base industry sectors, such as creative industries, professional services and other business
- Highlights commercial development opportunities
- Recommendations and Strategies that resonate with the community and consider history, projects, goals and values
Meeker Partnerships Plan
Colorado Main Street hired Ayres Associates to look into partnerships for Meeker’s Project 45 and intersecting organizations to build relationships and maximize their impact in the community. Click to view the Meeker Partnerships Plan .
The Main Thing: is a collection of resources addressing reopening the economy compiled by Colorado Main Street to highlight innovations, give a thumbs-up to local practitioners, and encourage the spread of positive news. Topic include Outdoors spacea, Planning Events and ideas for Local PPE.