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Oklahoma Main Street Announces 2014 Award Finalists

Contact: Linda Barnett
Oklahoma Main Street Center
Phone: (405) 815-6552
Email: linda_barnett@okcommerce.gov

March 7, 2014

Oklahoma Main Street Announces Award Finalists

(Oklahoma City, Okla.) – The Oklahoma Main Street Center announced the finalists for 20 competitive awards.  All finalists will be honored, and the winner announced, at the 25th annual Main Street Awards Banquet, May 6, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. 

“These awards highlight the many activities, businesses, communities and Main Street programs that exist throughout Oklahoma,” said Linda Barnett, Oklahoma Main Street Center director. “Each award entry, submitted by local Main Street Programs, showcases the creativity and participation toward increasing revenue and creating jobs for their local downtown historic business districts.

Each award category falls under one of the “four points” in the Main Street Approach – Organization, Promotion, Economic Restructuring and Design. Panels of outside judges for each point review the entries and determine the winners. 

The Community of the Year Award will recognize the Main Street Community who led other towns by earning the most quality assurance points during the 2013 calendar year.  The top 10 communities (in alphabetical order) include: El Reno, Guymon, Hobart, Laverne, Mangum, Newkirk, Ponca City, Prague, Wilburton and Woodward.  The top community will also be announced at the banquet.

In addition, the top Main Street program managers will be recognized at the banquet.  Those making the top three this year include Ed Sharrer, Kendall Whittier Main Street; Terri Wheeler, Laverne Main Street; and Janet Fitz, Woodward Main Street.

The award finalists are:

ORGANIZATION:

Premier Partner
Ardmore – Chickasaw Nation Re-Entry Program
Guymon – PTCI
Newkirk – Newkirk Community Historical Society
Ponca City – City of Ponca City

Best Community Education/Public Awareness
Collinsville – Developing an Online Presence While on Main Street
Durant – Downtown Durant Free WiFi Project
Guymon – “On the Bricks” Newspaper Column & TV Show

Best Volunteer Development Program
Durant – Durant High School Service Learning Project
Guymon – Main Street Transformers
Newkirk – Jed’s Cords

Main Street Hero
Hobart – Louis Sims
Newkirk – Jana Shafer
Perry – Norma Jerome

Best Creative Fundraising Effort
Claremore – Outdoor Sporting Expo
Durant – Colton’s Run
Kendall Whittier – Rolling Out the Red Carpet

PROMOTION:

Premier Special Event
Bartlesville – Oldie ‘N Goodies Car Show 2013
Durant – Colton’s Run
Hobart – Celebration of Freedom

Best Retail Event
Altus – Thursday Night Out
Enid – First Friday – Summer Block Parties
Tulsa Route 66 – Red Fork Tis the Season

Outstanding Image Promotion
Kendall Whittier – K-Dub Food Truck Festival Branding
McAlester – Catwalk on the Crosswalk
Newkirk – Creative Scarecrows

Creative New Event
Guymon – Azuma: An African Celebration
Kendall Whittier – Sofa| Art
Tulsa Route 66 – Mother Road Makeover

Outstanding Web Presence
Bartlesville -- Downtown Bartlesville Inc. Website
Durant – Colton’s Run Website
Perry – Main Street Website & Virtual Walk

ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING:

Best Adaptive Reuse Project
Ardmore – Red Dirt Brew House
Kendall Whittier – Ice House
Tahlequah – The Dream Theatre

Best Business Practices
Perry – Exchange Bank
Sulphur – Artesian Hotel
Tahlequah – Drip (the Beverage Lab)

Best New Business Downtown
Altus – The Market Place
Kendall Whittier – Fab Lab Tulsa
Tahlequah – The Branch

Downtown Business of the Year
Kendall Whittier – Ziegler Art & Frame
Ponca City – The Bag Lady Boutique
Tahlequah – Meigs Jewelry

DESIGN:

Best Public Improvement Project
Enid – Enid Event Center
Enid – Keep Enid Beautiful
Woodward -- Streetscape

Best Interior Design Project
Claremore – Boarding House Books
Enid – Wymer Brownlee
Newkirk – Eastman National Bank

Best Façade Rehabilitation Under $10,000
Kendall Whittier – Rowlinson Building
Ponca City – Pine Street Wood Shop
Seminole – Pyron Law Firm Expansion

Best Façade Rehabilitation Over $10,000
Ardmore – Casa Romo
Kendall Whittier – Circle Cinema
Woodward – Not Necessarily New

Best Window Display
Altus – Christmas Windows of Altus
McAlester – Panache Boutique & Salon
Newkirk – Newkirk Heritage Center

Best Building/Business Signage
Altus – NBC Bank Building Sign
Enid – Wymer Brownlee
Sapulpa – Savings Place

The dinner and program will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased from your local Main Street Program for $38 if purchased before April 8, 2014.  After that date tickets will be $48.

For more information about the Oklahoma Main Street Program, please call (405) 815-6552 or visit okcommerce.gov/mainstreet.