2012 Great American Main Street Awards® Semifinalists Selected
Posted November 30, 2011 | Contact email@example.com or 202-588-6141
The 2012 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 Baltimore, Maryland on April 2, 2012.
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 2012 Great American Main Street Awards semifinalists are:
- Bath, Maine
- Charleston (East End), West Virginia
- Culpeper, Virginia
- Havre de Grace, Maryland
- Jacksonville, Illinois
- Portland, Michigan
- Russellville, Arkansas
- Steamboat Springs, Colorado
- Historic Valley Junction/West Des Moines, Iowa
- Washington, Missouri
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.
“We are heartened, as ever, by the outstanding results the National Trust’s Main Street Four-Point Approach® is generating in communities nationwide,” said Doug Loescher, director of the National Trust Main Street Center. “These semifinalists provide irrefutable evidence that historic preservation-based development can create jobs, attract investment and support small businesses, even in tough economic times such as these.”
GAMSA semifinalists and winners demonstrate exemplary achievement in the process of strengthening their downtowns and commercial districts based on the following selection criteria:
- Active involvement of the public and private sectors;
- Broad-based community support for the revitalization effort;
- Quality of achievements over time;
- Innovative solutions to significant problems;
- Commitment to historic preservation;
- Evolving track record of successful commercial district revitalization;
- Comprehensive revitalization effort: activity in all four points of the Main Street Four-Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization;
- Economic impact of the revitalization program; and
- Successful small business development.
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 30 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $51 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 436,909 net new jobs and nearly 100,00 net new businesses and rehabilitated more than 221,775 buildings, leveraging an average of $16 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, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places.