Posted on Oct 13, 2020
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - 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.
“It’s an honor to recognize outstanding community projects, leaders and volunteers,” said Helmer. “The awards represent the good work being done in Main Street Alabama communities, including those that were initiated after the pandemic, sparking creative ways to promote and help struggling businesses.”
The 7th Annual Awards of Excellence Award winners are as follows:
Main Street Hero
The Main Street Hero award is given in recognition of individuals, businesses and organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to their local Main Street program.
This award recognizes the best adaptive reuse of a building that has outlived its former use, including conversions to housing and office space, multiple businesses, public meeting space, restaurants, cultural centers, etc.
The Building Design Award recognizes outstanding completed design projects including façade renovation and/or interior renovation efforts and infill construction.
Award recognizes outstanding efforts to improve the downtown business climate, or business retention & recruitment efforts.
The Business Promotion Award recognizes outstanding special events and activities that promote the Main Street district by creating a quality authentic event which generates traffic for the district.
Award recognizes an individual, business or municipality (or partnership of entities) that has undertaken a new development project within a Main Street district that had a positive economic impact.
Award given in recognition of outstanding local fundraising activities or campaigns.
This award recognizes outstanding historic rehabilitation projects that continue the economic uses of the buildings.
Award recognizes outstanding efforts in overall marketing by a Main Street organization through integrated communication efforts, including traditional and digital marketing or specific promotional campaign.
The Placemaking award recognizes outstanding local efforts that capitalize on local assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promotes people’s health, happiness, and well-being.
Planning and Public Spaces
Award recognizes outstanding planning projects and quality completed design improvements such as streetscape, public art and other projects in public spaces.
This award is to recognize outstanding local efforts to preserve downtown history through preservation education efforts such as walking tours, historic district designation, etc.
Award recognizes outstanding special events and activities that promote the Main Street district by creating a quality authentic event which generates traffic for the district.
Award given to Main Street organizations that developed an effective public relations program of work.
Award recognizes creative joint ventures between the local Main Street organization and another local, community entity or entities (public or private).
Main Street Alabama has 28 Designated Programs and 20 Downtown Network Communities. Alexander City, Anniston, Athens, Atmore, 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 2021. 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.
For more information, contact the following:
President and State Coordinator
Main Street Alabama
Main Street is a proven strategy for revitalization.