Leavenworth Main Streetreceives 6 Governor’s Awards of Excellence at Kansas Downtown Symposium
Leavenworth Main Street Program, Inc. is active as one of 25 designated Kansas Main Street communities and is accredited as a National Main Street Program. The program works diligently throughout the year within the Main Street 4 point approach; Design, Economic Restructuring, Promotion and Organization. Within the 4 point approach we are proud to have received recognition in each category this year.
The organization committee is charged with our membership, annual meeting, fundraising events, keeping our legal documents up to date, expanding our communication through traditional and electronic avenues, in short, keeping our organization vibrant and healthy. The organization committee was awarded a Governor’s Award for their creative development of new graphics, logo’s and social media expansion.
The economic restructuring committee is charged with support and growth for our existing business base, actively recruiting compatible businesses, keeping our storefront businesses retail and/or retail compatible and full, offering educational opportunities for merchants. ERC was awarded a Governor’s Award for Business Development, having worked with 15 entrepreneurs and/or merchants during the past year, 34 in the past 3 years.
The promotion committee is charged with promoting the historic downtown, bringing events and activities that raise awareness of the downtown and/or help ring merchants cash registers. Hosting 22 events and activities is not an easy task. Promotions were awarded a Governor’s award for the Yellow Brick Road Event in conjunction with the Kansas Sampler Festival.
The design committee is charged with façade upgrades, storefront design, interior design, education and events that support a creative downtown. The design committee in conjunction with ERC was awarded a Governor’s Award for Architectural Design for 305 Cherokee. This building was on the demolition list and required an extensive amount of renovation, however with tenacity, LMS was able to secure local ownership and one of the oldest, original storefronts in Leavenworth was uncovered. Instead of a vacant lot, this beautiful building houses a retail storefront and a residential loft on the 2nd floor.
The design committee in partnership with the LMS director and The Pot Rack received a Governor’s Award for Excellence in Planning and Public Spaces, turning ordinary concrete lane dividers that blocked a vacant lot into public works of art via a mosaic project. Getting students from pre-school to high school involved offered the students free reign to design and create art.
Ultimately Leavenworth Main Street and Main Streets throughout the country are about historic preservation; preserving our existing building stock and the amenities that make us historic. Within historic preservation, it is imperative that our downtowns function for the 21st century, offering fresh, creative, necessary and exciting products and opportunities for their community and visitors. We are continually working for the benefit of our historic downtown and its many, many businesses – the heart and soul of our community. The Main Street approach is volunteer driven; nearly everything we do is accomplished by dedicated, hard working, merchants and business owners.
Awards received this year:
- Meredith Timmons & David Thompson, Excellence in Downtown Marketing
- Bob Topping & Steve Lambeth, Excellence in Business Development
- Debbie Lambeth & Bob Topping, Excellence in Promotion
- Wendy Scheidt & Steve Lambeth, Excellence in Architectural Design
- Wendy Scheidt, Excellence in Planning & Public Spaces
- Jeanie Hazels, Kansas Main Street Community Award
Information courtesy of Leavenworth Main Street
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