By Jesse Moya
The nonprofit group Downtown Taos MainStreet is official and will begin revitalizing the historic district soon.

After a year of working through a state accelerator program, the local group has obtained its full MainStreet designation from the state and federal programs.

“Receiving accreditation at such an accelerated pace is a tribute to our committed volunteers and partners,” said Downtown Taos MainStreet Board President Jim Pollard in a statement. “Our group and community will now move forward, reflecting our commitment as an organization to the best practices in downtown revitalization. We are honored to receive this recognition from the state and national MainStreet programs. We are excited to talk with our community about what we do, continue to develop our mission, foster strong public-private partnerships, secure an operating budget, track economic progress and preserve historic buildings.”

The organization will be working on various projects to enhance the downtown Taos area. Building off of the Strong at Heart community-outreach efforts to determine what residents wanted to see for the future of downtown, the MainStreet group will work with the community now to identify projects and seek community involvement to complete them. Some of the suggestions that came from earlier public input are to improve walking and biking paths in downtown, consider DeVargas Funeral Home housing and spaces to promote entrepreneurship and local business opportunities.

Since Taos now has a full-on MainStreet designation, the group will have additional services and resources opened up to them from the state and national programs.

“I’m thrilled that Taos is joining the New Mexico MainStreet network as an accredited program,” said New Mexico MainStreet Director Daniel Gutierrez. “I congratulate them on their hard work and look forward to working together on projects that build upon Taos’ unique businesses and physical assets.”

With the move to a full MainStreet, the program is now seeking to hire an executive director to oversee the projects. The full-time position will be contracted out for $40-$48,000 a year. The director will give support and direction to the board of MainStreet for projects and community involvement.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Palacios at (575) 770-3089.