Cape Girardeau Recognized as a Semi-Finalist for the 2015 Great American Main Street Award


Old Town Cape is ecstatic to announce that Cape Girardeau has been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2015 Great American Main Street Award. One of ten Nationally Accredited Main Street communities from across the United States to make the cut, Cape Girardeau has a lot to be proud of.

Each year the National Main Street Center recognizes exceptional Main Street communities whose successes serve as a model for comprehensive, preservation-based commercial district revitalization. Applying communities are evaluated on their exemplary achievements in the process of strengthening their downtowns and commercial districts, and are judged on the following selection criteria:
• Active involvement of both the public and private sectors
• Development and employment of model partnerships - the participation of multiple groups, entities and individuals
who have been involved in making Main Street a great place
• Overall strength of the Main Street in creating an exciting place to live, work, play and visit
• Demonstrated success of successfully applying the Four-Point Approach in their community
• Commitment to historic preservation
Submitted applications are reviewed by a jury of representatives from community revitalization, economic development and historic preservation fields. Recognition from professionals in these areas is an exemplary testament to the work being completed in our district. Because of this designation, Cape Girardeau will receive national exposure through promotions from the National Main Street Center and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
‘It is truly an honor to be recognized as a semi-finalist for this award,’ commented Marla Mills, Executive Director of Old town Cape. ‘This designation was a result of a collective community effort that. The host of organizations,
interest groups and individual volunteers who dedicated their time and talents to helping downtown evolve to where it is today is the reason we’re being compared with the best Main Street organizations in the country.
Cape Girardeau truly is a special community!’
Announcement of the 2015 finalists will be made at the National Main Street Conference in Atlanta, Ga, this coming March. This annual event brings professionals from preservation-based, economic development and community revitalization sectors, including both experienced and new downtown and neighborhood Main Street directors, volunteers, architects, planners, economic development professionals, public officials, volunteers and consultants together to discuss ideas and best practices for making each organization stronger and more vibrant. Whether or not Cape Girardeau makes the final cut, our community definitely has reason to be proud .
Old Town Cape is a community driven, nonprofit organization that utilizes the Four-Point Main Street Approach™ to preserve, promote, revitalize, and enrich the historic, cultural, and economic landscapes of downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Old Town Is Your Town!



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