APGD Named Great American Main Street Award Semifinalist 2016

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One of ten semifinalists, out of over 2000 Main Streets across the United States and Canada, the Audubon Park Garden District was named a Semifinalist in the Great American Main Street Award.

” GAMSA represents the pinnacle of community achievement in the pursuit of downtown and commercial district places in which people want to call home, work, launch and run a business, and enjoy their leisure time,” said Matt Wagner, National Main Street Center Vice President of Revitalization Programs. “This year’s winners stand as national models of how communities can thrive through innovative leadership, smart execution of revitalization strategies, and dedication to preservation-based economic development.”

“We’re thrilled to be recognized by the National Main Street program in this way,” said Jennifer Marvel, Executive Director of APGD.

In operation since 2009, just four blocks long and sustained on a budget of just $62,000 a year, APGD “boasts an astounding public to private investment ratio of $1:$326,” as calculated by NMSC.

In addition to stellar investment dollars and job growth, APGD was also recognized for its ecodistrict initiative; connectivity and partnership with residents; and extensive programming.

The GAMSA winner will be announced at the national conference in May 2016.