Buffalo Downtown Association Closing its Doors

The Board of Directors for the Buffalo Downtown Association (BDA) announced this week that they will be dismissing the executive director and closing the doors of the organization in the next few weeks.

Scott Madsen, city councilman and board member for the BDA, explained that the reason for the decision by the board is due to a lack of support, financially and otherwise, from the Buffalo City Council, Johnson County, and other entities.

Madsen said over the last three years, the BDA has been operating on reserves, fundraisers, private donations, and funding for projects and events from the Wyoming Main Street program, but the lack of local financial support has finally forced their decision to close the doors.

Part of the mission of the BDA, he said, is the Wyoming Main Street Program, which focuses on economic vitality for the downtown business district through historic revitalization of historic buildings and training programs for business owners and leaders.

The BDA will continue running the weekly Farmers Market and business training programs which began this spring.

Executive Director Jon Cordonier will be in his position through the end of June, and the BDA will close its doors August 1st.

The full release from the BDA can be read here:

BUFFALO DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION
7 N. MAIN STREET, PO BOX 171, BUFFALO WY 82834 307-620-5308 downtown@bdawyo.com
Press Release for Immediate Release: 6/25/2019
After much thought and deliberation over the last couple of months, the Buffalo Downtown Association’s Board of Directors has had to make some very difficult decisions. Our first decision unfortunately is to dismiss Jon Cordonier, Executive Director effective July 1st. The board would like to thank Jon for his organizational skills, leadership, and dedication. Over the past 16 months, Jon has brought unique and valuable insight to the Buffalo Downtown Association and the community.
The Buffalo Downtown Association was established and awarded the distinction of a Certified Main Street organization in 2011 to facilitate Economic Development with a focus on Historic Preservation for downtown Buffalo. To retain the Main Street Accreditation the organization must be an independent 501c3, have the appropriate operations budget to support economic vitality programs, historic preservation efforts and a paid director. Due to lack of financial support the Buffalo Downtown Association has no other alternative than to discontinue economic development activities and projects that help support downtown Buffalo businesses.
The board will be working through the process of finalizing operations of the
organization, with a deadline of August 1st.