Mainstreet Steamboat Springs launches search for next program manager |

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs launches search for next program manager

— The search is underway for the new face of downtown Steamboat Springs.

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs will spend the coming weeks looking for its next program manager, who will eventually replace Tracy Barnett.

Barnett, who has managed the Mainstreet program for a decade, is looking forward to a semi-retirement and having time to take some RV trips around the country with her husband, Cooper.

Barnett will be on hand this year to train her replacement.

“It is a heck of a job replacing Tracy,” said Kathy Stokes, vice president of Mainstreet’s board of directors. “No one has cared so much for what goes on downtown than her.”

Stokes said Mainstreet is looking for someone “who is very much a community-minded person with a whole lot of energy.”

She said the program manager leads such things as downtown events and networks with everyone from city hall to the county to the downtown businesses.

A full job description can be found online at

Mainstreet hopes to have the new hire in place by June.

Barnett knows better than anyone what it takes to do the job well.

“What it takes and what we’re looking for is a passion for Steamboat Springs,” Barnett said. “I think it’s going to take more than somebody coming to town fresh and new and not knowing what Steamboat is and how it works and what makes it special. I really think it takes somebody who really loves it here. It’s a big job. You have to juggle a lot of balls at one time, but I love doing it.”

With Barnett as manager, the Mainstreet program has celebrated a number of accomplishments over the years including the recent expansion of the Farmers Market and the installation of new bus shelters that were recognized as Downtown Colorado Inc.’s Best Public Space Project in 2012.

Barnett said Mainstreet also has brought attention to the need for improvements on Yampa Street.

In addition, the organization puts on events including the popular Downtown Chili Challenge and Merry Mainstreet.

Barnett doesn’t have specific plans for her semi-retirement just yet.

But she has a 31-foot-long Prowler travel trailer ready to go, and plenty of possibilities.

“We want her to relax, but we don’t want her to go,” Stokes said.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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