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Downtown Dothan Redevelopment Authority Awarded Main Street Alabama Community Award
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MONTGOMERY ─ Lt. Governor Kay Ivey and Mary Helmer, President and State Coordinator of Main Street Alabama announced the winners of the Main Street Alabama Awards of Excellence this afternoon during the aLABama Downtown Laboratory in Montgomery. The aLABama Downtown Laboratory, a two-day conference, is a project of Main Street Alabama that bolsters the efforts of communities participating in the nationally acclaimed Main Street program or those communities interested in the revitalization program. The first annual event drew over 75 community leaders from 25 communities across the state. “It’s an honor to recognize these outstanding community projects, leaders and volunteers,” stated Helmer. “Todays 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 on Main Street Alabama Day, as proclaimed by Governor Bentley.” Awards are as follows: Main Street Alabama Leadership Award: Senator Arthur Orr, Decatur for his leadership for crowdfunding legislation. Main Street Alabama Community Awards are as follows: Alexander City: Ben Russell Athens: Lynn Hart Birmingham: Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Dothan: Downtown Dothan Redevelopment Authority Eufaula: Sone Kornegay Florence: City of Florence Gadsden: Sylvia F. Smith Monroeville: Felicia Pettis Opelika: Stacie Money Oxford: Main Street Steering Committee Main Street Alabama Awards of Excellence are as follows: Excellence in Fundraising: Main Street Gadsden for Sunset Sips Excellence in Public/Private Partnerships: Athens Rotary Club Opelika Cottonseed Studios Excellence in Business Development: Back Forty Beer Company, Gadsden Excellence in Downtown Marketing: Main Street Opelika – Downtown Marketing Plan Main Street Florence Downtown Ad Campaign No’Ala Excellence in Promotion: REVBirmingham for the Streetlife Project Spirit of Athens for Grease Festival Main Street Gadsden for First Friday Excellence in Business Promotion: REVBirmingham for 2013 Birmingham Restaurant Week Main Street Florence for Florence Foodies Main Street Opelika for On the Tracks Excellence in Planning & Public Spaces: REVBirmingham for Birmingham Lights Main Street Florence for Mural Project Excellence in Historic Preservation: Spirit of Athens for Historic Walking Tours Main Street Alabama currently has 13 designated programs: Alexander City, Anniston, Athens, Birmingham, Decatur, Dothan, Eufaula, Florence, Gadsden, Monroeville, Opelika, Oxford, and Selma. New communities will be added annually. Applications to become a designated community will be available in spring 2015. 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.


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