Washington, Missouri Honored with 2012 Great American Main Street Award

National Trust for Historic Preservation Praises Excellence in Revitalization at Annual Conference

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced today that Washington, Mo. was chosen as a 2012 Great American Main Street Awards® (GAMSA) winner. Recognized as a leader in implementing the Main Street Four-Point Approach®, embracing sound historic preservation practices and building strategic partnerships, Downtown Washington, Inc. was honored at the Main Street Awards Ceremony during the National Main Streets Conference in Baltimore, Md.

The National Trust Main Street Center’s annual GAMSA awards recognize exceptional accomplishments in revitalizing the nation’s historic Main Street commercial districts. Downtown Washington, Inc. has helped nurture and enhance its downtown as the heart and soul of the community since adopting the Main Street Approach in 1989. By promoting its cultural and architectural resources and a rich array of special events, Downtown Washington, Inc. has proactively showcased the city’s past and its future.

“Downtown Washington offers great lessons in how to boldly respond to opportunities," says Doug Loescher, director of the National Trust Main Street Center. “From its acquisition and operation of the city’s 1922 post office, to developing upper floor housing, to restoring the historic Outdoor Civic Center, Downtown Washington, Inc. has never been afraid of leading by example.”

The other four 2012 winners are: Bath, Me.; Culpeper, Va.; Jacksonville, Ill. and Valley Junction/West Des Moines, Iowa. Winners are 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. To learn about previous GAMSA winners, visit http://www.preservationnation.org/main-street/awards/gamsa/.

GAMSA 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.

The Main Street Four-Point Approach® is a proven methodology for historic preservation-based economic development that was developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation more than 30 years ago and has been used in more than 2,000 communities throughout the U.S.



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