National Trust for Historic Preservation Names 2013 Great American Main Street Award Winners

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced today the winners of the 2013 Great American Main Street Awards® (GAMSA). The National Main Street Center’s annual GAMSA winners are recognized for their exceptional accomplishments in revitalizing the nation’s historic Main Street commercial districts by using the National Trust’s Main Street Four-Point Approach®.

Honored at the Main Street Awards Ceremony during the National Main Streets Conference in New Orleans, the 2013 winners have succeeded in generating economic vitality, fostering a unique sense of place and engaging key stakeholders in planning their community’s future. Under strong leadership by a local Main Street organization and in close partnership with residents, the business community and local government, these communities have excelled at both cultivating economic development and retaining the character and historic fabric that makes that community special.

The 2013 winners are a diverse group in geography and character, but together demonstrate the broad application of the Main Street Four-Point Approach:

H Street, Washington D.C. – Under H Street Main Street’s leadership, this corridor has arisen from the ashes of devastating 1968 riots to earn nationwide attention as a hot arts and entertainment district that has embraced its multicultural community and African-American heritage.
Ocean Springs, Miss. – With Ocean Springs Main Street at the helm, this once-sleepy Gulf Coast beach town has rebounded from two major disasters to emerge as an off-the-beaten-path cultural tourism destination where art galleries, eclectic restaurants and lively street festivals abound.
Rochester, Mich. - The Rochester Downtown Development Authority has transformed a struggling mill town into a thriving suburb of Detroit built around a strong sense of place, a rich mix of small businesses and an irresistible calendar of events.

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.
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