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Old Town Cape Receives Major Awards

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Missouri Main Street Connection Inc. (MMSC) presented downtown revitalization awards on July 30, 2015, recognizing revitalization excellence during the Annual Missouri Main Street Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Missouri Main Street Connection launched as a non-profit organization in 2005, is designed to help communities preserve their historic buildings and reinvigorate their downtown districts. MMSC has served 178 communities across the state of Missouri. Through this work, the communities actively participating in the Missouri Main Street Program have successfully created 432 net new businesses and 2,605 net new jobs.Based on economic data collected from the communities in the top three tiers of the Missouri Main Street program, since 2006, $668 million of private invest
ments have been made in the Main Street communities. For every dollar appropriated to MMSC by the state of Missouri, $1,857 of private investments were made. Public investments by municipal governments have totaled $127.9 million in improvements to infrastructure. A ceremony Thursday night honored communities, individuals, businesses and civic organizations from across the
state, that have completed exemplary work in downtown revitalization. Competitive nominations were submitted for projects, activities and individuals in 14 different categories that covered aspects of design, economic restructuring, organization, promotion and other efforts in downtown revitalization. The Missouri Main Street Connection hosted the Evening of Excellence Awards
at The Westin at Crown Center in Kansas City. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) to the Main Street organization in Cape Girardeau, Old Town Cape. Old Town Cape initially received this award at t
he National Main Streets Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. “Old Town Cape richly deserves the Great American Main Street Award,” said Gayla Roten, State Director of Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC). “The Old Town Cape Director, Marla Mills, and the Board of Directors have a dedication and passion for revitalization that should be emulated by every Main Street community in Missouri. We are delighted to celebrate this award with Old Town Cape and all the people who are engaged in the Main Street revitalization effort in Cape Girardeau.”
Each year, The National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, recognizes the country’s best examples of comprehensive commercial district revitalization. A national jury selected the GAMSA winners for 2015 based on successful and innovative uses of the Main Street Four-Point Approach®, while using historic preservation as the basis for all their revitalization activities.