DIRT Designated 'Accredited Main Street America™ Program'

Lake City, Colorado (March 1, 2020) – Lake City DIRT has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs to recognize their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™

 “These programs deserve recognition for becoming accredited and generating impressive economic returns, preserving community character, and celebrating local history. Main Street America Accredited communities are part of a powerful movement of changemakers, and their dedication to improving quality of life in the places they call home is inspiring,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. 

Lake City DIRT’s performance is annually evaluated by the Colorado Main Street program under the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.

Since Lake City DIRT’s acceptance into the program in 2005, we have met or exceeded the standards for accreditation every year, thanks to hard work of our Board of Directors, project volunteers, and through the support of our local governments.  Thank you, community.  


Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 40 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $78.98 billion in new public and private investment, generated 640,017 net new jobs and 143,613 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 284,936 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

2019 Annual Report Posted

Find previous years' Annual Reports here

Coffee & Conversation and StartSmart

Coffee & Conversation with Region 10

10:00 a.m. February 7th

Lake City Cafe

StartSmart business class with Region 10

DIRT and the Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to this Region 10 workshop the afternoon of February 7th (and don't forget to join us at 10 am for Coffee & Conversation at the Lake City Cafe)

SmartStart: How to Start a Business in Colorado
Date: Friday, Feb 7, 1-4 p.m.
Location: Coursey Annex, 317 N Henson Street, Lake City
Cost: free
Registration: https://clients.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=160400006

Workshop details: Thinking about starting a business in Western Colorado? Starting a business takes more than being great at something or having a good idea. Come and learn what is required by state and local officials to get started and the ins and outs of running a successful business. This 3-hour workshop provides an overview of everything you need to know to start and grow your business.

Topics include: *Business licensing requirements; *Trade name search; *Legal structure selection; *State registration; *Local licensing requirements; *The business planning process; and * Financing options

Speaker(s): Nancy Murphy, Region 10

Co-Sponsor(s): DIRT, Lake City and Hinsdale County Chamber of Commerce

Lake San Cristobal Master Plan Survey

We need your input!

Lake San Cristobal is the second largest natural lake in Colorado. This area offers spectacular natural beauty and a variety of year-round outdoor recreational activities. Please help Hinsdale County plan management and infrastructure improvements.

Survey Closed

Thank you for your feedback and ideas.  If you'd like to continue to be involved in this process, please include your contact information in the survey (that's optional).

Lake City Parking Assessment

LakeCityParkingReportThe intent of the Lake City Parking Assessment is to evaluate existing conditions and parking demand, identify issues with parking and future parking needs, and make recommendations to affect change in the parking areas throughout the study area. In this study, Lake City (Town) sought to identify solutions to existing parking challenges—such as the lack of way nding and parking inef ciencies creating parking shortages near the Downtown Core. One of the Key Findings of this study was that although there is an abundance of parking availability, the lack of way nding to this parking and delineating parking to increase effectiveness has created many parking issues around the Town. Increasing parking effectiveness in the Downtown Core and providing additional temporary parking lots during events will solve many of the parking shortage and safety issues currently faced by Lake City residents and visitors. The analysis completed and recommendations determined from site visits, interviews, and parking studies of Lake City are compiled in this report along with accompanying diagrams and maps.

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