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Howell a semi-finalist in Great American Main Street award program


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The National Main Street Center named Howell Main Street one of 10 semifinalists for the 2016 Great American Main Street Award.

Howell joins (in alphabetical order) these other Main Streets: Audubon Park Garden District, Orlando, Fla.; Bastrop, Texas; Covington, Ky.; Dahlonega, Ga.; Grapevine, Texas; Los Alamos, NM; Shaw District, Washington, DC; Tupelo, Miss.; and Vicksburg, Miss.

Here’s what the National Main Street Center had to say about Howell: “When Howell Main Street first started, they quickly recognized a problem in the district–the majority of downtown was occupied by personal or professional service-based businesses that did not attract people.  Today, you will find shops unique to Howell and eateries that offer quality dining experiences. As a result, the district has seen an increase in demand for downtown housing, so Howell Main Street is working closely with the City, property owners and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority to rehabilitate upper story units into additional living spaces.”

Each year the NMSC, a subsidiary of the Natinal Trust for Historic Preservation, recognizes exceptional Main Street communities that serve as models for comprehensive, preservation-based commercial district revitalization. These communities demonstrate exemploary achievement in strengthening their downtowns and commercial districts based on the following:

• Overall strength of the Main Street in creating an exciting place to live, work, play and visit;

• Demonstrated success of the four-point approach in the community;

• Commitment to historic preservation;

• Active involvement of public and private sector;

• Model partnerships — Participation of multiple groups, entities and individuals who have been involved in making Main Street a great place.

“It is a tremendous honor to have reached this level, considering the hundreds of communities across the country that apply for GAMSA awards each year,” said Cathleen Edgerly, director of the Howell Main Street DDA. “Being selected as a semi-finalist is a true testament to all of the hard work that our Main Street volunteers, businesses, and other stakeholders have contributed through the past 10 years to build Howell into great place to live, work, and visit. We could not be more pleased.”

The Howell Main Street DDA is a volunteer-driver organization that promotes downtown Howell as the heart and hub of the community. Its office are located at 118 W. Clinton St. in downtown Howell. For more information, click here.

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