Boyne City is one of eight communities selected as a semifinalist for the Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA). Given out by the National Main Street Center, the award recognizes communities for their excellence in comprehensive preservation-based commercial district revitalization.
“The Great American Main Street Award is a top honor within the commercial district revitalization field,” said Patrice Frey, President and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “These eight outstanding semifinalists have demonstrated the impressive economic and community growth that is possible when commercial districts harness the power of the Main Street Approach. They’re a model for Main Street programs across the country working to achieve comprehensive, preservation-based revitalization.”
GAMSA semifinalists were selected from a nationwide pool of accredited Main Street America applicants based on their successful and innovative uses of the Main Street Approach™. Criteria includes: volunteer, partner, and community engagement; community transformation; commitment to historic preservation; impactful public/private partnerships, entrepreneurship development; people-centered design; and the community’s approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 100 communities have been recognized as winners since the award’s inception in 1995.
Boyne City Main Street began nearly 17 years ago and has served as a catalyst for many downtown Boyne City, and Boyne community projects. This includes Boyne Thunder, Stroll the Streets, Boyne City Farmers Market, Veteran’s Park pavilion project and much more. More importantly, the program has involved hundreds of community members and volunteers and many important partnerships to help bring the community’s vision for downtown to life.
“Boyne City Main Street is honored to be named a GAMSA semifinalist alongside a great line-up of communities from across the U.S. This is for each and every community member that has helped make this possible over the last 17 years,” Rob Swartz, Boyne City Main Street Board Chair said.
The reinvestment statistics from this year’s batch of semifinalists show the true impact of their hard work. Together, the eight semifinalists have brought in over 1 billion dollars in public investment and half a billion dollars in private investment, generated 9,498 jobs, opened 459 new businesses, rehabbed 734 buildings, and logged 192,371 volunteer hours since their programs’ inceptions.
The GAMSA winners will be announced on May 18, 2020 at the National Main Street Center’s Main Street Now Conference in Dallas, Texas.