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Main Street awards given out by state leader

Posted on Oct 27, 2020

Jasper Main Street handed out several awards - including a rare statewide Leadership Award to the Walker Area Community Foundation - to local entities Tuesday at the Jasper City Council meeting, as it was forced to cancel plans for its annual awards ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mary M. Helmer, the president and state coordinator with Main Street Alabama, noted she has been going to cities to deliver the awards this year in person due to the pandemic. That has allowed her more one-on-one time to speak with recipients than there would have been at a banquet.

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Downtown Eufaula lights up

Posted on Oct 27, 2020

According to the Eufaula Chamber of Commerce's former Director Jim Bradley, the oak trees we know and love were not in the median until 1972. The Chamber planted the first tree closest to Highway 431 and then raised funds to buy and plant the remainder of the trees in the median.

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Two Alabama Brick and Mortar Businesses Named Recipients of Main Street America Grant

Posted on Oct 22, 2020

Main Street America and The Hartford are pleased to announce the first-round recipients of the HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program. Grants of $5,000 - $15,000 have been awarded to 67 brick-and-mortar small businesses across the country. Funds will help these businesses respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic and help to revitalize and strengthen older and historic downtown commercial districts.

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Downtown Opelika earns Main Street awards recognition

Posted on Oct 22, 2020

Opelika has received four 2020 Main Street Alabama Awards of Excellence.

The awards are designed to honor projects, organizations and individuals that make a tremendous impact in their Main Street community, according to Opelika Main Street Executive Director Ken Ward.

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Foley Main Street receives three Awards of Excellence

Posted on Oct 22, 2020

FOLEY - Oct. 15 was a proud night for Foley Main Street when an award ceremony was held at Oui Oui Paris. Main Street Alabama President/State Coordinator Mary Helmer presented the organization with three Awards of Excellence: the Main Street Hero Award, Promotion Award, and Public Relations Award.

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Downtown Gadsden entities reap Main Street Alabama honors

Posted on Oct 20, 2020

Main Street Alabama recently announced its seventh annual Awards of Excellence winners, and downtown Gadsden was well represented.

The awards were selected to honor projects and individuals that made tremendous impacts in their respective communities, according to Downtown Gadsden Inc. Executive Director Kay Moore.

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New businesses open in downtown Eufaula amid pandemic

Posted on Oct 16, 2020

EUFAULA, Ala. (WTVM) - Officials with Main Street Eufaula are weighing in on the impact of COVID-19 on downtown businesses.

According to Executive Director Ann Sparks, one business closed down due to the pandemic, but four new businesses have opened downtown.

Sparks said they can tell there’s more foot traffic and parking spaces occupied now, compared to previous months. She said despite the pandemic, there are several new projects underway in Eufaula, such as renovations to the Martin Theatre and a new hotel potentially coming downtown.

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Calera Main Street hosting alternative Halloween trick-or-treating amid pandemic

Posted on Oct 15, 2020

CALERA, Ala. (WBRC) - A non-profit in Calera is finding a creative way for families to trick-or-treat this year.

According to Calera Main Street Executive Director Jackie Batson, the city of Calera hasn’t banned door-to-door trick-or-treating on Halloween, but they are supporting a new alternative option.

Non-profit Calera Main Street is hosting its annual trunk-or-treat, but this year it is a drive through version.

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Gadsden business owners looking to drive sales in fourth quarter

Posted on Oct 15, 2020

The next three months is an important time for small businesses.

Many owners are keeping an eye on their bottom line and looking for ways to drive sales.

"It's going to be an interesting fourth quarter but we're going to make the best of it," Tena King, owner of King's Olive Oil Company in downtown Gadsden said.

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAIN STREET ALABAMA RELEASES LIST OF 7TH ANNUAL AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE WINNERS

Posted on Oct 13, 2020

Main Street Alabama celebrates local program successes with the announcement of the 7th Annual Awards of Excellence. The awards honor projects and individuals that make tremendous impacts in their respective communities.

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