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Lee's Summit named in the 2010 Great American Main Street Awards Semifinalist


2010 Great American Main Street Awards® Semifinalists Announced

The 2010 Great American Main Street Awards® (GAMSA) semifinalists have been selected from a nationwide pool of applicants and now move to the final round for consideration. The National Trust for Historic Preservation will present this year’s five winners at the Main Street Awards Ceremony during the National Main Streets Conference in Oklahoma City on May 4, 2010.

The National Trust Main Street Center’s annual GAMSA winners are recognized for their exceptional accomplishments in revitalizing the nation’s historic and traditional Main Street commercial districts by using the proven Main Street Four-Point Approach®.

The ten 2010 Great American Main Street Awards semifinalists are:
 Downtown Aledo, Aledo, Ill.;
 Main Street Columbus, Columbus, Miss.;
 Downtown Fairmont, Fairmont, W.Va.;
 Farmland Downtown Historic District, Farmland, Ind.;
 Downtown Ferndale, Ferndale, Mich.;
 Downtown Fort Pierce, Fort Pierce, Fla.;
 Downtown Lee's Summit, Lee's Summit, Mo.;
 Historic Downtown and LowerTown Arts District, Paducah, Ky.,
 Pontiac P.R.O.U.D., Pontiac, Ill.; and
 Downtown Rochester, Rochester, Mich.

The winners will be selected by a national jury composed of former award winners, community development professionals, representatives from government and foundations, and journalists who are active in community economic development and historic preservation.

“Community leaders and local volunteers have dedicated their time over many years to bring profound, positive change to their communities. These semifinalists have demonstrated a commitment to building sustainable, vibrant Main Streets with successful businesses and exciting events that can weather this recession,” said Doug Loescher, director of the National Trust Main Street Center. “They are models for others to follow.”

GAMSA semifinalists and winners demonstrate exemplary achievement in the process of strengthening their downtowns and commercial districts based on the following selection criteria:

o Active involvement of the public and private sectors;
o Broad-based community support for the revitalization effort;
o Quality of achievements over time;
o Innovative solutions to significant problems;
o Commitment to historic preservation;
o Evolving track record of successful commercial district revitalization;
o Comprehensive revitalization effort: activity in all four points of the Main Street
Four-Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization;
o Economic impact of the revitalization program; and
o Successful small business development.

“Congratulations to Downtown Lee’s Summit on the great honor of being chosen as a semifinalist for the 2010 Great American Main Street Award,” said Lee’s Summit Mayor Karen Rose Messerli.  “Downtown Lee’s Summit’s inclusion among this list of semifinalists, across the country, is evidence that our beautiful downtown is quickly emerging from a local treasure and the heart of our community into a much deserved national spotlight.  I couldn’t be more proud.”
The 2010 Great American Main Street Awards are sponsored by Chesapeake Energy, one of the leading producers of natural gas in the U.S. and the most active driller of new wells in the country. The Oklahoma City-based company has long been in the forefront of promoting increased use of clean-burning, abundant and domestic natural gas.

Established in 1980, the National Trust Main Street Center® helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working in more than 2,200 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 29 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $44.9 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 370,514 net new jobs and 82,909 net new businesses and rehabilitated more than 199,500 buildings, leveraging an average of $25.36 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts. To learn about previous GAMSA winners, visit http://www.preservationnation.org/main-street/awards/gamsa/.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.PreservationNation.org) is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history – and the important moments of everyday life – took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington, DC, nine regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in 50 states, territories, and the District of Columbia, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history and collectively shaping the future of America’s stories. For more information, visit www.PreservationNation.org/main-street.



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