Woodbine, Iowa Honored with 2014 Great American Main Street Award

National Main Street Center Praises Excellence in Revitalization at Annual Conference

The National Main Street Center announced tonight that Woodbine, Iowa was chosen as a 2014 Great American Main Street Awards® (GAMSA) winner. Bestowed by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the GAMSA is the nation’s premier accolade for downtown revitalization achievement. Woodbine Main Street received the award at the 2014 National Main Streets Conference held in Detroit.

Founded in 2008, the Woodbine Main Street program has made great strides in a few short years. With a mission of promoting historic preservation, championing hometown vitality, and building community partnerships, Woodbine Main Street has distinguished itself in all areas. A fire in 2013 was met with a careful, preservation-first response, and the rural charm that defines this town of 1,500 is kept at the forefront of all downtown development decisions.

“Despite its small size, Woodbine offers communities of all sizes valuable lessons in achieving sustainability and historic preservation goals,” says Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “With its investment in water and energy conservation measures, a flurry of downtown rehabs and a carefully restored stretch of the historic Lincoln Highway, Woodbine Main Street is balancing appreciation for the past with an eye to the future.”

Through strong ties to local government and other stakeholders, Main Street Woodbine has generated $8 million in revitalization projects over six years, and has brought energy efficiency and façade improvements to nearly every building downtown. The result is a vibrant, walkable, and renewed Main Street which locals and visitors alike enjoy.

The other two 2014 winners are Milledgeville, Ga. and Harrisonburg, Va. Winners were selected by a national jury composed of former award winners, community development professionals, and governmental agency representatives who are active in community revitalization and historic preservation. Criteria for winning include: strength of the Main Street in creating an exciting place to live, work, play and visit; commitment to historic preservation; implementation of model partnerships, and demonstrated success of the Main Street Four-Point Approach.®

To learn about previous GAMSA winners, visit http://www.preservationnation.org/main-street/awards/gamsa/.

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

About the National Main Street Center
Established in 1980 as a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Main Street Center works with a nationwide network of communities to encourage preservation-based economic revitalization that utilizes the Main Street Four-Point Approach.® The Center participated in the renewal of more than 2,000 older commercial districts during its 30-year history. Now a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Main Street Center provides information, offers technical assistance, holds conferences and workshops, and conducts research and advocacy on critical revitalization issues.



The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. PreservationNation.org, @SavingPlaces