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Main Street Columbus wins national award


Allen Baswell



Main Street Columbus has received an award from a national organization for its efforts in downtown beautification and building strategic partnerships. 


In an announcement made Tuesday, the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced that Main Street Columbus is a winner of the 2010 Great American Main Street Awards, one of four winners nationally. 


"So many have worked so hard to realize what a unique place and jewel Columbus is, so for us to finally be awarded this honor means others have taken notice on a national level," said Amber Murphree Brislin, director of Main Street Columbus. "This is an accomplishment for which we should all be proud." 


The announcement was made at the National Main Street Conference in Oklahoma City, Okla.  


Main Street Columbus "worked with the city to create a regulatory environment that supported a mixed-use downtown with popular upper-floor apartments," including "a harmonious combination of retail, dining, business services, and housing in a downtown that renovated nearly every building," according to the award. 


Jan Miller, Central Regional District Director for Mississippi Main Street Association, said she was proud and thrilled for Main Street Columbus to receive such a distinguished award. 


"We know we are special in Columbus, and it is so great to know that the nation knows," Miller said. 


Bob Wilson, executive director of Mississippi Main Street Association, said this award for Main Street Columbus is one that is well deserved and has been a long time in coming. 


"Columbus Main Street is Mississippi''s shining star, and we are so proud of their board of directors and staff. This is so good for Mississippi and Columbus," he said. 


Columbus is one of five cities to receive the award. The other four winners include Fairmont, W.Va., Ferndale, Mich., Lee''s Summit, Mo., and Paducah, Ky. 


The winners were selected by a national jury composed of former award winners, community development professionals, governmental agency representatives who are active in community economic development and historic preservation. 


According to information from the National Trust of Historic Preservation. Great American Main Street Award winners show exemplary achievement in the process of strengthening their downtown and commercial districts based on several criteria. This includes active involvement of public and private sectors, broad-based community support for revitalization efforts, innovative solutions to significant problems, commitment to historic preservation, economic impact of the revitalization program and successful small business development.


Allen Baswell is a former staff reporter for The Dispatch



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Reader Comments

Article Comment AlixB commented at 5/5/2010 1:16:00 PM:

Congradulations to all who made this happen!


Article Comment Wgrad79 commented at 5/7/2010 6:26:00 AM:

I am very sad by the coverage Main Street Columbus received on this most prestigious award - The Great American Main Street Award. One of 5 in the nation and the ONLY one EVER in Mississippi. Columbus has always led the state in downtown development but it would have been nice if the article had more substance and really talked about how downtown has been developed. I know your job is to sell papers but it is also your job to report National News and this is a National Story about our town. It should have been above the fold and not the article about crime. Birney I thought your article on Sunday said we needed to focus on the positive then why did you put a negative article as the lead story instead of the National Award for Columbus? Just asking. Hope everyone has a great Market Street Festival that is put on by the top organization in the state and nation. Thanks to all the Main Street Columbus volunteers and sponsors who make this event so successful every year.


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