From Marylon Barkan, Main Street Alabama
Decatur ─ Main Street Alabama celebrated local program successes at the sixth annual Awards of Excellence on the day that Governor Kay Ivey proclaimed Main Street Alabama Day. The day recognizes the efforts of the organization that is focused on creating jobs and keeping character in communities across the state. During the Awards of Excellence program, Main Street Alabama’s President and State Coordinator, Mary Helmer, honored projects and individuals that made tremendous impacts in their respective communities. Alabama Municipal Electric Authority sponsored the event that was held at the Cook Museum of Natural Science in Decatur.
“It’s an honor to recognize these outstanding community projects, leaders and volunteers,” said Helmer. “Today’s award winners represent the most innovative downtown revitalization projects in our Main Street Alabama communities. The effort and leadership it takes to move these projects from concept through completion is tremendous and we are thrilled to acknowledge such achievements. We are especially honored to be presenting these awards the day Governor Ivey proclaimed Main Street Alabama Day.”
Main Street Wetumpka recently awarded its Main Street Alabama Community Hero Award to Kay Simmons, property manager of the Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka. Main Street Wetumpka Executive Director Jenny Stubbs and Board President Dennis Fain were on hand to deliver the handcrafted award.
“Since our inception in 2016, Wind Creek Wetumpka has been one of our largest supporters of downtown revitalization. We have come a very long way in a short time, and Wind Creek has played an instrumental role in that progress,” Stubbs explains. “Without its support of our mission, we would not have been able to carry out the number of projects and initiatives that have proven paramount to our success. We can’t think of a more fitting community award recipient.”
Main Street Alabama has 27 Designated Programs and over 30 Downtown Network Communities. Alexander City, Anniston, Athens, Birmingham, Birmingham’s Historic 4th Ave Business District, Calera, Columbiana, Decatur, Dothan, Elba, Enterprise, Eufaula, Florence, Foley, Fort Payne, Gadsden, Headland, Heflin, Jasper, Marion, Monroeville, Montevallo, Opelika, Oxford, Scottsboro, South Huntsville, and Wetumpka each have Designated Programs and new communities will be added annually.
Applications to become a Designated Program will be available in Spring 2020. Until then, communities interested in downtown revitalization can participate in Main Street Alabama’s Downtown Network. Main Street Alabama focuses on bringing jobs, dollars and people back to Alabama’s historic communities. Economic development is at the heart of our efforts to revitalize downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.
Main Street Wetumpka is one of 23 designated Main Street Alabama communities. As an independent, nonprofit organization, Main Street’s mission is to revitalize its once-bustling downtown business district through a proven four-point approach. Using the principles of design, promotion, outreach and economic vitality, Main Street Wetumpka preserves the historic integrity and charm of its downtown by empowering its community of business owners and residents through education, inspiration and the dedicated improvement of its ever-evolving spaces. To learn more, visit www.mainstreetwetumpka.org or follow @MainStreetWetumpka on social media.