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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26th, 2023
Madison Main Street Program ANNOUNCED AS 2024 GREAT AMERICAN MAIN STREET AWARD SEMIFINALIST
One of Eight Organizations Recognized for Outstanding Downtown Revitalization Efforts
Madison, Indiana (September 26th, 2023) – Main Street America has announced Madison Main Street Program as a 2024 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) Semifinalist. This prestigious award is the nation’s top award recognizing communities for their excellence in comprehensive preservation-based commercial district revitalization. A jury of professionals and leaders in the fields of community and economic development and historic preservation convened to review a nationwide pool of applicants. After thoughtful deliberation, the jury unanimously selected eight semifinalists that demonstrate exemplary use of the Main Street Approach™ to lead community-based transformation strategies in their downtowns.
The 2024 GAMSA Semifinalists are:
Downtown Camas Association - Camas, Washington
Denison Main Street - Denison, Texas
Downtown Lansing, Inc. - Lansing, Michigan
NewTown Macon - Macon, Georgia
Madison Main Street Program - Madison, Indiana
Monroeville Main Street - Monroeville, Alabama
Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group - Mount Vernon, Iowa
Swiss Bear, Inc. - New Bern, North Carolina
“The Great American Main Street Award is the highest honor that we grant to organizations within our network,” said Matt Wagner, Chief Program Officer at Main Street America. “We are elated to recognize Madison Main Street Program and seven peer organizations as 2024 GAMSA Semifinalists for their incredible accomplishments in transforming their downtowns through innovative programs strategically designed to preserve their unique heritage, foster economic vitality, and create a welcoming atmosphere.”
From neighborhood commercial corridors within larger cities to small towns with traditional downtowns, the 2024 GAMSA Semifinalists represent the diversity of the Main Street America network and the power of the Main Street Approach™. Semifinalists have generated over $1.48 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 881 net new businesses, facilitated the creation of 3,827 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 2,164 historic buildings, and leveraged 306,986 volunteer hours.
“I am thrilled that Madison has been selected as a 2024 semi-finalist,” said Madison Main Street Program board president Hilary Beall. “The Madison Main Street program has been dedicated to creating and sustaining economic vitality in Madison’s historic downtown for more than 40 years, and it’s exciting to receive this recognition. Many people — staff, board members, volunteers, and funding partners — have had the vision and commitment to help us achieve this milestone — and we cannot thank them enough.”
Madison Mayor Bob Courtney said: “On behalf of the City of Madison, I am excited and proud that Madison is receiving national recognition for more than four decades of dedication to preservation-based economic development. It is a privilege to partner with Madison Main Street Program to ensure that our city is a clean, safe, beautiful and economically vibrant place for residents, visitors, and businesses large and small. I hope we have more to celebrate when the winners are announced next spring."
Madison Main Street is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization designated by Indiana Main Street and accredited by the National Main Street Center. Madison is one of more than 1,200 Main Street communities across the country with the common goal of preserving America’s historic downtown as economically vital centers of the community.
The Great American Main Street Award program recognizes communities exemplifying the use of the Main Street Approach™ to revitalize commercial districts. Winners are selected from a nationwide pool of applicants by a jury of Main Street professionals and leaders in the fields of community and economic development and historic preservation. Since the award’s inception in 1995, over 100 Main Street programs have been honored as GAMSA communities. For more information, visit mainstreet.org.
Main Street America leads a movement committed to strengthening communities through preservation-based economic development in older and historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. For more than 40 years, Main Street America has provided a practical, adaptable, and impactful framework for community-driven, comprehensive revitalization through the Main Street Approach™. Our network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Main Street America is a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information, visit mainstreet.org.
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