Main Street Program

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.


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

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

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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 To serve on the MSCC commission, it is not necessary to complete this form. Please submit a letter of interest to Reba Bechtel, City Clerk, at Appointments to the MSCC commission are made by City Council and commissioners serve 4-year terms. 

Commission Opportunities 

There are no vacancies on the commission at this time. 

Main Street Central City Commissioners

Mike Keeler, Chair (expires 6/23)
Barbara Thielemann, Vice Chair & Secretary (expires 6/23)
Deborah M. Wightman, Treasurer (expires 6/21)
Jeff Hentschel (expires 6/21)  
Jeremy Kaiser (expires 6/23) 
Shelby Ellis, Alternate (expires 6/21)

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).


  • Holiday Lights Contest - November 29 - December 16, 2019
  • Tommyknocker Holidays - December 6 - 8, 2019. Visit Events for more information. 

Additional Information 

Staff Contact

Lisa Roemhildt
Main Street Liaison – Central City
Office: (303) 582-5251 ext. 306