What we do:
The Ridgway Heritage Council is a volunteer based non-profit corporation dedicated to downtown revitalization with a focus on historic preservation. Formed in 1997 in response to continued deterioration of our Main Street and the closing of a major anchor store, the group is organized according to Main Street Program principles.
As a Main Street Program participant, we have four standing committees:
1. Organization (management of the organization as a non-profit corporation)
2. Promotion (promoting Downtown's assets)
3. Economic Restructuring (projects that have an economic impact on our area)
4. Design (improvements to the Downtown's physical infrastructure)
We are excited and energetic about the work we are doing, and are dedicated to retaining and improving the many special qualities of our beautiful and friendly hometown!
The Heritage Council has many accomplishments to its credit, including a highly successful Historic Facade Program, an Annual Historic Tour of Homes, creation of the "Lily of the Valley" National Historic Register District, establishment of community gardens, a historic homeowners plaque program, downtown streetscape renovation incorporating new Victorian benches and historic street lighting, and a fantastic new welcome center.
In recognition of our outstanding community development efforts since 1997, we were awarded the following honors: