After nine years supporting efforts to revitalize downtown, Laramie Main Street’s Program Coordinator, Carly-Ann Carruthers, is transitioning to new opportunities as a Planner with Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites.
“If you’ve volunteered with Main Street, you know how critical Carly has been to our success. She is kind, organized, a team player, hard-working, smart and dedicated,” Executive Director Trey Sherwood said. “We couldn’t ask for a better champion for the Main Street movement and Wyoming. We are sorry to see her go but very excited to see what she will do on a statewide level.”
From May 2010 to September 2010 Carly worked as Laramie Main Street’s AmeriCorps member, assisting the Design Team with the creation of guidelines based on historic preservation best practices and preparing outreach materials for the Farmers Market and organizational support for the Upstairs Downtown Tours. Using her background in historic preservation and passion for Wyoming’s history, she set activated empty storefronts with displays of historic photographs, guided downtown walking tours and created a system for volunteer recruitment.
In 2011, Carly attended her first, of many, National Main Street conferences. There she discovered the joys of strategic planning and the use of historic preservation as an economic development and community-building tool.
Impressed with her dedication, work ethic and smarts, in September 2014 the board hired Carly as a Program Coordinator with a focus on historic preservation and volunteer recruitment. In July 2019, with successful fundraising efforts, her position, initially a part-time role, became full-time.
“Carly is the perfect picture of a dedicated Main Streeter,” Communications Coordinator and colleague Jessica Brauer said. “Her dedication to our community, willingness to go above and beyond her duties and enthusiasm for change-making in any environment has undeniably been an inspiration. It has been a gift to watch her work unfold behind the scenes through countless projects, events, programs and growth spurts that have cultivated and nurtured a thriving, engaging and adored downtown district for all walks of life.”
Carly took the lead on many projects that will have a lasting impact on downtown and Laramie’s quality of life. She was the backbone for the development of the Third Street plan, the soon to be executed community-wide wayfinding (directional signage) plan, the update to the National Register nomination, and the feasibility study to save the Wyo Theater.
As Main Street prepares to transition, the role of the Program Coordinator has been re-envisioned with the goal of filling the full-time position this fall.
“This position will take the lead on volunteer recruitment, coordination and retention, assist with relationship building, donor and sponsor engagement, and provide administrative and organizational support for priority revitalization projects and special events” says Sherwood. “We are looking for someone who is organized, self-motivated, values relationships, has the ability to lead people, and loves this community”.
Preference will be given to applicants who have experience with volunteer coordination, donor engagement, special events, project coordination or non-profit management.
Interested applicants should visit www.laramiemainstreet.org for the full job description and information on how to apply. Deadline is September 6.