WAXHAW DOWNTOWN PROJECT HONORED
WAXHAW, NC – The Waxhaw Small Town Main Street program today announced that a local project was recognized in the 2013 North Carolina Small Town Main Street Awards competition. The Town’s Community Public Art Plan won top honors in the category of Organization, receiving an Award of Merit.
The project was a collaborative public/private/civic partnership built on long- and short-term organizational planning goals coordinated by members of the Town of Waxhaw Beautification Committee and Waxhaw’s Small Town Main Street committee under the direction of consultant Geraldine Plato of PLATO Strategies.
The project’s intent was to leverage a powerful sense of place through the strategic use of existing assets, with an emphasis on local culture and arts. An additional objective was to help preserve Waxhaw’s history, while increasing cultural growth and exposure to a diversity of art all while addressing complex and changing issues facing the downtown business environment. The community-based initiative that evolved produced a detailed study and a practical, hands-on, five-year action plan with a resounding priority placed on downtown development through public art.
The NC Small Town Main Street Awards competition recognizes the outstanding achievements of participating communities in organization, design, economic restructuring, and promotion: the four key areas of the downtown revitalization program’s emphasis.
From left to right: Waxhaw Town Manager, Mike McLaurin; Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Dr. Pat Mitchell; Waxhaw Town Commissioner, Paul Fitzgerald; creative community builder at PLATO Strategies,Geraldine Plato.
Awards and Press
EDENTON TO DEVELOP A PUBLIC ARTS PLAN FOR COMMUNITY
By Rebecca Bunch, staff writer for the Chowan Herald
On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Liz Parham, director of Urban Development at the NC Department of Commerce, and Assistant Secretary of Commerce Dr. Pat Mitchell presented the Small Town Main Street Awards during the North Carolina Main Street annual awards ceremony at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center in New Bern.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation created the Main Street program, which uses a downtown revitalization strategy for smaller towns based on economic revitalization within the context of historic preservation. North Carolina was selected as an original Main Street state in 1980, and in 2003 the Office of Urban Development established the NC Small Town Main Street program. Since its inception, NC Small Town Main Street has selected 50 communities from across the state to participate in the program.
The Small Town Main Street program focuses on the growing number of small, rural towns that need downtown development assistance but are not likely, due to size or resource limitations, to pursue the regular Main Street program. Selected communities receive on-site technical assistance from the Small Town Main Street staff in areas including organizational development, market analysis, business assistance, promotions and design.