September 26, 2023 | Announcing the 2024 Great American Main Street Award Semifinalists! |
Meet the 2024 Great American Main Street Award Semifinalists! Images clockwise from top left: Camas, Washington; Denison, Texas; Lansing, Michigan; Macon, Georgia; Mount Vernon-Lisbon, Iowa; New Bern, North Carolina; Monroeville, Alabama; and Madison, Indiana.
Join us in offering congratulations to eight Main Street America communities that are in the running for being recognized with the 2024 Great American Main Street Award!
A national jury of industry professionals and local leaders in the fields of economic development and historic preservation evaluated 17 applications from Main Street programs working across the country in communities of all sizes. After thoughtful consideration and deliberation, these eight organizations are being recognized as semifinalist for the prestigious Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) for excellence in fostering preservation-based revitalization efforts in their historic downtowns and commercial corridor districts through the Main Street Approach™.
“The Great American Main Street Award is the highest honor that we grant to organizations within our network,” said Matt Wagner, Chief Program Officer at Main Street America. “We are elated to recognize these eight Main Street organizations as 2024 GAMSA Semifinalists for their incredible accomplishments in transforming their downtowns through innovative programs strategically designed to preserve their unique heritage, foster economic vitality, and create a welcoming atmosphere.”
From neighborhood commercial corridors within larger cities to small towns with traditional downtowns, the 2024 GAMSA Semifinalists represent the diversity of the Main Street America network and the power of the Main Street Approach™. Semifinalists have generated over $1.48 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 881 net new businesses, facilitated the creation of 3,827 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 2,164 historic buildings, and leveraged 306,986 volunteer hours.
Keep reading to learn more about each community and stay tuned to our social channels for daily semifinalist spotlights. And make sure to save the date for the award ceremony on May 6 during the opening plenary of the 2024 Main Street Now Conference in Birmingham, Alabama.
Tune in to the Main Street America social media channels for daily spotlights of each semifinalist, September 27 – October 6, 2023. Save the date for the award ceremony on May 6 during the opening plenary of the 2024 Main Street Now Conference in Birmingham, Alabama.