Los Alamos MainStreet is the only County-wide state-accredited New Mexico MainStreet program, serving businesses and the community in both Los Alamos and neighboring White Rock. Our goal is to create a thriving economy by being a partner and advocate for local businesses in our district; driving promotions, programming and events that bring more locals and visitors to our downtown; and partnering with the Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Creative District, Los Alamos Historical Society, Pajarito Environmental Education Center and other organizations to simultaneously preserve our historic and scientific heritage, and revitalize and diversity our local economy. We host four primary events annually, in partnership with Los Alamos County and sponsors: Los Alamos ScienceFest (July), Los Alamos Fair & Rodeo Parade (August), Los Alamos Halloweekend & Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet (October) and Los Alamos WinterFest & Holiday Lights Parade (December). We want our respective downtowns to be a great place to live, work and play!
2016 Great American Main Street Awards Winner
Los Alamos MainStreet was selected as a winner of the 2016 Great American Main Street Awards, chosen by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Los Alamos MainStreet was picked as “One to Watch,” for being a neighborhood making progress toward revitalizing its downtown district.
A statement issued by Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center, reads, “The 2016 GAMSA winners have succeeded in making their towns an exciting place to live, work, play and visit through implementing our historic preservation-based methodology for downtown revitalization. “In each locality, the local Main Street organization has collaborated with residents, business owners and other local partners to revitalize their district by promoting the assets that makes that community special.”
The awards were presented May 23 at the center’s 2016 Main Street Now Conference in Milwaukee. A national jury composed of former award winners, community development professionals and government representatives involved in historic preservation and community revitalization chose winners. 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 center’s approach to revitalizing downtown corridors.
The Los Alamos MainStreet, a program of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation, is building a vibrant community through a thriving economy. We leverage public and private sector investment to achieve sustainable economic development. We drive economic progress by providing services to businesses using a broad portfolio of programs and initiatives. We balance sound economic considerations with social and environmental concerns as we serve the business community, create and retain jobs, and diversify the economy.
MainStreet Futures Charter/Purpose
MainStreet Futures Committee is a forum for coordination of downtown business interests, downtown property owners, and local government. Meetings are the second Monday of each month.
The purpose of this group is to identify and promote new and varied uses for underutilized commercial buildings; identify new market opportunities for the downtown; identify and promote initiatives that enhance the prospects of success for new and existing businesses as well as prospects for development/redevelopment consistent with the approved downtown plan; identify and promote opportunities to physically improve public areas, buildings, and businesses downtown; provide input and advice to promotional activities of the MainStreet program; and, be a sounding board for downtown priorities and advocacy.
MainStreet Futures Committee
David Jolly (President), Jacquelyn Connolly (MainStreet Director), Lauren McDaniel, Anne Laurent, David Izraelevitz, Denise Derkacs, David Reagor, Kelly Stewart, Liz Martineau, Ken Nebel, Nancy Bartlit, Pam Miller, Patrick Sullivan, Philip Kunsburg, Ron Wilkins, Ryn Herrmann, Shannon CdeBaca, Philip Kunsberg, Patrick Duran, Jeremy Smith.
Los Alamos MainStreet & Creative District Staff
Los Alamos MainStreet Director
A former curator for Denver International Airport, University of Colorado at Denver, as well as an independent arts and project management consultant,
Jacquelyn’s experience as an arts administrator brought together artists, community, businesses and local government. Organizing events, exhibitions and public art projects are her specialty.
After relocating to Los Alamos in 2018 with her husband and three children, Connolly joined several boards and organizations to learn more about the community and get involved locally. Currently she is a member of the Art in Public Places Board for Los Alamos, Canyon Vista Pool Association, and 505 Swing. She looks forward to continuing the beloved events and work of the MainStreet program as well as growing the many opportunities for place making and support for the local community. When not working she can be found hiking and camping with her family, reading, or swing dancing! Her preferred pronouns are she/her.
Los Alamos Creative District Director
Jeremy Smith has lived in Los Alamos for eight years with his wife and two sons. Prior to joining the Los Alamos Creative District, he has worked at The Family
YMCA as the Sports and Adventure director, had a role with the County’s Community Services Department and also served non-profit organizations in Taos, NM. Much of his previous work has included planning and running large special events, budgeting, fundraising, marketing and involvement in Los Alamos arts and culture, including serving as past chair of the Art in Public Places Board. He is also a 2016 graduate of Leadership Los Alamos.
With his creative and outgoing personality, Jeremy has developed many collaborative relationships with organizations and community members in Los Alamos. He is excited to be part of an organization that helps brings more awareness and support for the art, culture, and entertainment scene in the community. In his role at LACDC, Jeremy also provides support and management of the projectY cowork space in collaboration with the Community and Marketing Manager.