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DDRA Wins Main Street Alabama Award

Posted on Aug 27, 2014

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.

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Main Street Alabama announces awards of excellence

Posted on Aug 26, 2014

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
Lt. Governor Kay Ivey and Mary Helmer, the president and State Coordinator of Main Street Alabama are announcing the winners of the Main Street Alabama Awards of Excellence Tuesday.

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Awards honor downtown development

Posted on Aug 26, 2014

A statewide program that was defunct for years because of budget cuts celebrated its new lease on life Tuesday by honoring efforts to revitalize Alabama's downtown areas.

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Athens and Florence Walk Away With Awards During Main Street Alabama Awards Of Excellence Conference

Posted on Aug 26, 2014

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.

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What killed small town Alabama, and how we're bringing it back to life

Posted on Aug 13, 2014

For the most part, interstates and the Internet are useful, convenient tools, but over the last few decades, they helped decimate America's small downtowns. Alabama was no exception.

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Ideas for Oxford’s downtown flow at Wednesday meeting

Posted on Jul 24, 2014

OXFORD -- A chalkboard in the front of the meeting room inside the Oxford Civic Center Wednesday quickly filled with words attendees wrote denoting what they’d like downtown Oxford to become.

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Oxford Main Street project gets feedback, visit from the governor

Posted on Jul 24, 2014

OXFORD, Alabama -- Oxford residents tonight spent about two hours trying to put into words what they want the city's Main Street downtown revitalization program to accomplish.

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Main Street Alabama visits Oxford

Posted on Jul 23, 2014

A team from Main Street Alabama is spending three days visiting one of its newest members.

Oxford was one of three cities selected for the program this year and an evaluation team is currently visiting the area.

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L.A. firm to buy Fruit of the Loom screen print operation, more jobs promised

Posted on Jul 08, 2014


“It is a great facility,” Dolan said. “But more than that is the people – 100 percent – it was the people. You can buy buildings anywhere, but the people here is what sold us on Alexander City.


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Anniston Main Street program hires new director

Posted on Jul 08, 2014

The nonprofit that promotes downtown Anniston has hired a new executive director, about six months since the last one left her job.

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'A vehicle for success': Oxford Kicks of Main Street Alabama project

Posted on Jun 27, 2014

OXFORD, Alabama -- Any visitor to downtown Oxford this afternoon could see why it got Main Street Alabama's attention.

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Oxford enjoys official acceptance into Main Street Alabama program

Posted on Jun 27, 2014

OXFORD — The steps in front of Oxford’s performing arts center was a fitting setting to officially announce the city’s participation in a program meant to spur downtown revitalization.

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'Getting better all the time.' Decatur ready to embark on Alabama downtown revitalization effort

Posted on Jun 17, 2014

DECATUR, Alabama – In the wake of an announcement that Decatur is one of three Alabama cities included in a statewide downtown revitalization initiative, Mellow Mushroom bartender Jason Sharp expressed excitement.

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Oxford selected as a Main Street Alabama city

Posted on Jun 17, 2014

Downtown Oxford may look different in years to come, as the city was selected Monday as part of a statewide program meant to spur downtown revitalization.
“We’re thrilled. We think it’s going to be a real economic boost to our downtown area,” said Oxford City Councilwoman Charlotte Hubbard.

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National Main Street Center's Story of the Week features Main Street Alabama

Posted on Jun 17, 2014

A reinvigorated Main Street marks a milestone this month in Alabama. It is completing the first year of staffed operations, ending on a high note with the addition of three new designated Main Street communities. They join ten existing communities that have embraced the demands and benefits of a more rigorous, outcome-focused program that is the hallmark of Main Street Alabama.

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Monroeville ready to revitalize city center, boost profitability, maximize space as a Main Street Alabama community

Posted on Jun 17, 2014

MONROEVILLE, Alabama – Monroeville has set its sights on downtown revitalization, and with its recent designation as one of the state's three newest Main Street Alabama communities, the transformation has already begun.

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Main Street Alabama Announces Work in 3 New Communities

Posted on Jun 02, 2014

Main Street Alabama has selected the next three towns for its downtown revitalization initiative, tapping Oxford, Decatur and Monroeville for the community and economic development program.

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