Laramie Main Street Alliance

The Local Crowd

Starting this summer, Laramie will help pioneer a new kind of local online crowdfunding called “The Local Crowd.”  Crowdfunding is when an entity raises small amounts of money from a large number of people.

Trey Sherwood is the Executive Director of the Laramie Main Street Alliance, which will take the lead in the platform’s implementation. She says the difference between “The Local Crowd” and other crowd funding sites like "Indiegogo" or "GoFundMe" is that “The Local Crowd” will feature campaigns for projects that will invest back in their community.

The Wyoming Main Street Alliance says Laramie easily led the state in the number of downtown renovation projects and public improvement projects last year.

The group says the average number of renovation projects in 2013 in major Wyoming downtowns was about 15.  Laramie had 46.

Main Street works to revitalize cities by preserving their historical characters.  Each year they track new businesses, jobs, and projects that improve downtowns.