CHARLESTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined more than 150 volunteers and officials from city, county and state government Tuesday evening at the Culture Center on the State Capitol Complex for “Spotlight on Main Street,” the Main Street and ON TRAC annual awards program.
Representatives from Main Street Point Pleasant were also on hand to receive recognition, and awards, at the annual program.
Main Street Point Pleasant received a Main Street Continuing Education Award given in the amount of $1,300. Eligible communities must have attended both spring and fall trainings provided by Main Street West Virginia and the National Main Street Conference or the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference.
In addition, Main Street Point Pleasant received a Main Street Innovation Award for its Town Square Project, given in the amount of $4,625 to projects that focus on creative solutions to economic restructuring within the designated commercial district. The Town Square will serve as the gathering place, focal point and event center, linking 12 area family attractions. The project will soon include connections by tram rides. Getting the Town Square Project started has been a longtime goal of Main Street Point Pleasant Director Charles Humphreys.
Also, Main Street Volunteer Awards were given in the form of a certificate to the board member, business person and volunteer of the year at each Main Street community. Recipients from Main Street Point Pleasant were: Board Member of the Year: Elizabeth Jones. Business Person of the Year: Nellie Burns and Steve Burnette, Main Street Consignment & Fringe Salon. Volunteer of the Year: Lyn Robinson. Jones, Burns, Burnette and Robinson were all on hand for the awards ceremony, along with Carolin Harris as a representative from Main Street Point Pleasant.
“I’m proud to recognize the hard work of this year’s Main Street West Virginia and ON TRAC award recipients and celebrate their accomplishments,” Tomblin said. “The projects these programs support help build a strong foundation for economic growth, rejuvenate downtown areas and revitalize historic commercial districts across the state. These programs are the building blocks to help create a bright future for our communities now and for years to come.”
A program of the West Virginia Development Office, Main Street West Virginia is an affiliate of Main Street America, which focuses on economic development of historic downtown and neighborhood commercial districts. The program provides communities with technical services, design assistance and training to revitalize their historic downtown centers.
West Virginia has 13 accredited Main Street Communities: Charleston, Elkins, Fairmont, Kingwood, Mannington, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Philippi, Point Pleasant, Ripley, Ronceverte and Wheeling.
ON TRAC, which stands for Organization, Training, Revitalization and Capacity, helps communities boost economic growth with evaluation, education and training in local revitalization. A community must be a successful member of ON TRAC for at least two years before applying for Main Street status.
Eleven cities currently participate in ON TRAC: Belington, Beverly, Charles Town, Kenova, Marlinton, Parkersburg, Parsons, Romney, Rowlesburg, Shinnston and Sutton.
Information for this article provided by West Virginia Department of Commerce.