Presenting the 2012 Great American Main Street Award Winners

Posted on: April 2nd, 2012 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 4 Comments

We're excited to announce our 2012 Great American Main Street Awards® winners! The winners are recognized for their exceptional accomplishments in preserving and revitalizing America’s historic Main Street commercial districts.


The beautiful Front Street in Bath, Maine. (Photo: National Trust for Historic Preservation)

Our 2012 winners - honored at the National Main Streets Conference in Baltimore - have succeeded in generating economic vitality, fostering a unique sense of place, and engaging key stakeholders in planning their community’s future. Under strong leadership by a local Main Street organization and in close partnership with residents, the business community and local government, these communities have excelled at both cultivating economic development and retaining the character and historic fabric that makes that community special.


The downtown farmer's market in Culpeper, Virginia. (Photo: National Trust for Historic Preservation)

This year's winners are:

  • Bath, Maine:  Main Street Bath has helped the “City of Ships” evolve into Maine’s “cool little city” by strengthening locally-owned businesses, promoting a rich calendar of events and highlighting its shipbuilding heritage.
  • Culpeper, Virginia:  Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. has asserted this historic downtown’s appeal by investing in its southern charm and eclectic small businesses—helping to guide its recovery from a 2011 earthquake.
  • Jacksonville, Illinois:  Jacksonville Main Street helped its downtown reverse ill-fated urban renewal “fixes” from the 1970s to become a hub for the community, including a vibrant town square and robust small businesses.
  • Valley Junction/West Des Moines, Iowa:  The Historic Valley Junction Foundation has scaled significant obstacles, including major shopping mall competition, a name change and devastating floods to put Valley Junction/West Des Moines firmly on the map as a family-friendly shopping and entertainment destination.
  • Washington, Missouri:  Downtown Washington, Inc. has taken a leading role in shaping Washington’s future, including acquiring and operating its beloved post office, developing upper floor housing, and restoring the historic Outdoor Civic Center.


The pristine Main Street of Washington, Missouri. (Photo: Gayle Luechtefeld)

“These communities demonstrate the artful balance between ambitious plans for the future and respect for a community’s heritage and character,” said Doug Loescher, director of the National Trust Main Street Center. “They provide excellent case studies on how to persevere in times of hardship or uncertainty - whether it is flooding, earthquakes, post office closures or economic decline - to chart a community’s bright future that all stakeholders can support.”

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4 Responses

  1. Rosemarie Steele

    April 2, 2012

    Congrats to all the 2012 winners from a resident of the 2010 GAMSA winning town-Paducah,Kentucky.

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