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DowntownInitiativeBrightonisoneox1ctheonlycommunitiesintheregionwithanhistoricdowntown.AsthecountyseatDowntownwasonceathrivingplacetomeetanddobusiness.Butby2001itwassux1cx1ceringthesamex1cateascountlessotherAmericanmainstreets.Buildingswererundownvacancyrateswerehighandwholeblockswerebeinglex1ctbehindbyx1cormeremployers.Withnewsuburbanretaildestinationstherewerex1cewerreasonstogoDowntown.In2006BURAinitiatedaspecialtaskx1corcetodevelopadowntownvision.LedbyDenverconsultantDanaCrawx1cordhundredsox1ccommunityandbusinessleadersparticipatedinax1cplacemakingx1dworkshopandcontributedideas.Thefnalplancalledx1coramixox1cgeneralimprovementshistoricpreservationandnewredevelopmenttomaintainandenhancethedowntownarea.ActionitemsincludedbetterlandscapingIndowntownredevelopmentlittlethingsmatter.Buildingimprovementslikenewpaintwindowsandsignagecreateasenseox1cidentityandattractnewinvestment.In2007BURAlaunchedax1caadeimprovementprogramthatnowinvolvesmorethan95percentox1celigiblepropertyowners.ThegoalsweretopreserveandenhancedowntownbuildingsregainDowntownx19shistoriccharacterenhancepropertyvaluessupportlocalbusinessandx1costercivicpride.Todate33projectshavebeencompletedtotaling671000inprivateandpublicx1cunds.12FaadeImprovementProgram