Annual Awards

2019 MMSA Award Winners

 

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Main Street Hero – This award recognizes one outstanding community leader or public figure who has displayed an involved commitment to downtown and his or her Main Street program.

 

Winner: Sara Gardner (nominated by Aberdeen Main Street)

Director: Ann Tackett

 

Accepting: Sara Gardner

 

Sara Gardner is Aberdeen Main Street’s Hero! Upon graduating from Greenwood Leflore Hospital School of Nursing in 1960, Sara was recognized as the Florence Nightingale Outstanding Graduate. She married James Gardner and they had three children-Michael, Susan, and Karen. 

Sara served for 27 years as director of nursing at Aberdeen Monroe County Hospital. She has a total of 38 years in nursing, where she established a Candy Striper Program and a Pink Ladies Program. She has continued to serve for 25 years since retirement. 

Sara serves her community in many roles - as member/treasurer of the Pilgrimage Association, past president of the Visitors Bureau, member of the Church of Christ and member of Aberdeen Main Street for 20 years, serving 3 terms as president.  

 

In 1998, she and her daughter opened the Cottage Tea Room. Mississippi Magazine recognized Sara for her outstanding turnip green casserole and the Cottage Tea Room as the Best Lunch Spot in Mississippi.

 

Main Street Hero 
 

Winner: Virgi Lindsay (nominated by Greater Belhaven Foundation)


Director: Casey Creasey


Accepting: Virgi Lindsay
 

Virgi Lindsay was the founding Executive Director of The Greater Belhaven Foundation and of the Greater Belhaven Main Street Program.  It was through her involvement with Mississippi Main Street and Main Street America that she started a chain of events that have resulted in legislation being passed by the Mississippi Legislature this year that not only benefits Greater Belhaven but neighborhoods all over the City of Jackson.  

In 2008, Virgi went to a National Main Street conference and brought home the idea to create a Community Improvement District in Greater Belhaven.  She met with her board and State and local representatives, lobbyists were hired, and the arduous task of getting legislation passed began. Virgi ran for and won the City Council position for Ward 7.  She continues working in her new role to help finalize her dream of making Community Improvement Districts possible for those in Jackson.   


ORGANIZATION
 

Premier Partner– recognizes creative joint ventures between the Main Street organization and another local, community entity or entities (public or private).  
 

Winner: Main Street Clinton – Red Brick Roads

 

Director: Tara Lytal
 

Accepting: Fran Nixon
 

Red Brick Roads, a two-day, two-stage music festival and artist showcase, is a joint project of Main Street Clinton, the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Clinton. The third annual outdoor concert took place on the historic brick streets of Olde Towne, featuring local singer-songwriters and regional bands, as well as filmmakers, artists, onsite mural, homebrew competition, and more. In an effort to combine resources for greater impact, Main Street Clinton and the Clinton Chamber of Commerce abandoned past individual successes in favor of the partnership. 

With a common goal and the additional support of the City of Clinton, Red Brick Roads became a shared project, surpassing previous expectations and prior festivals in volunteerism, attendance, and revenue, raising $20,000 over three years. This event has proven to be a huge traffic generator, benefitting each of the businesses as one of the biggest sales weekends of the year.   

 

Outstanding Creative Fundraiser – This award is granted to the downtown organization that has displayed the most creativity and success in securing funds for its downtown program or specific project.

 

Winner: West Point Growth Alliance – Dogs Playing Poker Fundraiser
 

Director: Lisa Klutts

Accepting: Deborah Mansfield and Kathy Dyess

 

When a downtown business owner approached West Point Main Street artist Deborah Mansfield about painting his logo on the side of his building, both a fundraiser and partnership emerged. Deborah wanted to paint West Point’s own version of the iconic “Dogs Playing Poker” scene, and for $350 a dog could be added to the mural. West Point Main Street would then split 50% of the proceeds with the local animal shelter.  

 

As people drove by and saw Deborah and volunteers painting more people wanted to invest to have their dog added; so many, in fact, three more murals were added with more than 40 dogs and cats, raising over $23,000 for both organizations. Additionally the business owner was inspired by the mural project to make other improvements to his property, which ultimately made this partnership and fundraising effort a success for West Point Main Street and the downtown community.  

 

Outstanding Marketing – This award recognizes excellence in overall marketing by a downtown organization through its integrated communications efforts, including traditional and digital marketing.
 

Winner: Senatobia Main Street – Five Star City Fest Rebranding 
 

Director: Jamie Sowell 
 

Accepting: Karla Merritt

 

Senatobia Main Street added new events at the Five Star City Fest for 2018 and needed a way to showcase all the festival has to offer. From the billboard on Main Street that captured your attention as soon as you entered Tate County, to the magazine ads that jumped off the page and a social media campaign that reached thousands, the new Five Star City Fest brand helped grow the festival like never before. Partnering with Northwest Community College Career Tech Graphics program proved to be the catapult the Five Star City Fest needed to grow. 

 

Outstanding Community Education Campaign – This award recognizes excellence in a targeted campaign that educates the community about a streamlined effort to raise awareness on a particular aspect of a Main Street program.

 

Winner: Main Street Columbus – Recycling Program – Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market

 

Director: Barbara Bigelow

 

Accepting: Emmie Sherertz

 

During the past two years, the Farmers’ Market has provided a glass recycling program to the public thanks to one of the members of the Advisory Committee who has a passion for preserving the environment. Main Street Columbus began by accepting glass and egg crates, but quickly found the need for recycled glass to be the main interest. They never imagined how successful a glass recycling program would be! It did not take long for the farmers' market storage closet to be overflowing with glass of all kinds and shapes. 

 

Expanding the program, Main Street Columbus now encourages the community to use the Three R’s ... "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle".  A small booth at the farmers’ market educates people on how to incorporate The Three R's in their daily life. The Columbus community has benefited from the recycling program and education through the program.

 

Main Street Hero
 

Winner: Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich (nominated by Biloxi Main Street)
 

Mayor Gilich’s wife Serena will be accepting the Mayor’s award in his absence.
 

Biloxi Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich, is passionate about Biloxi, its history and growth. He holds downtown revitalization as a priority and meets with Biloxi Main Street members often to brainstorm and plan for ways to restore and preserve the heart of the city.  

 

Mayor Gilich constantly expresses and shows his desire to revitalize downtown and stimulate authentic restoration of Biloxi's historic downtown as a center for community life and growing the economy with new jobs and opportunities to improve the quality of life for all citizens.  From his passion and love for downtown, Mayor Gilich has spearheaded the Downtown Restoration Plan, which has brought new and needed life to an area that once was the heart of the city.  He has created a "parquet dance floor", as he calls it on Howard Avenue, opening up the area to two-way traffic and bringing in more than $54 million in investments in downtown Biloxi.  

 

Main Street Hero


Winner: George Ewing (nominated by Main Street Clinton)


Director: Tara Lytal


Accepting: George Ewing


George Lamar Ewing, III is the definition of a Main Street hero.  George has been with Main Street Clinton since the program began in 2007, making him the longest serving board member.  He has served as Promotions Committee Chairperson, Design Committee Chairperson, and in 2012 as President of the Board.  A certified Landscape Architect, George gives generously of his talents and expertise to his hometown.   

George has spearheaded numerous beautification projects for Main Street Clinton.  He has overseen the replacement of the Jefferson Street landscaping and been involved in the public art projects creating one of the Bikes of Olde Towne.  George was also instrumental in recruiting Cups Espresso Cafe to Olde Towne Clinton in 2008, one of Main Street Clinton’s earliest success stories.  While serving as the Promotions Committee Chairperson, George, along with Toni Wall and Debbe Tillman, came up with the idea for the now iconic Caterpillar Parade.   


PROMOTION


Outstanding Creative Event  – This award recognizes the downtown organization that has created a quality creative event, generating traffic for the downtown.


Winner: Greater Belhaven Foundation – Bright Lights Belhaven Nights


Director: Casey Creasey


Accepting: Scott Parenteau and Casey Creasey


2018 marked the 14th year for Bright Lights Belhaven Nights.  This once small street festival has grown to become an event that brings people from all over the state into the streets of Greater Belhaven for a night of music, art, food and festivities.  In 2016, the Foundation made a festival altering decision to partner with Baptist Health Systems, C Spire and Manship Woodfired Kitchen in order to move the festival to the next level of success.  

This partnership proved successful with 2017 and 2018 being the biggest years on record for attendance.  This event highlights Greater Belhaven’s economic vitality as well as our wonderful historic neighborhood located right in the heart of the state capitol all while providing a boost to residents’ quality of life! 

 

Outstanding Retail Promotion – This award honors the downtown organization that has developed an effective retail promotion(s) in conjunction with downtown merchants. 
 

Winner: Vicksburg Main Street – Pure Imagination
 

Director and Accepting: Kim Hopkins
 

Vicksburg’s Main Street turned downtown into a “world of pure imagination” to celebrate the Mississippi Association for Gifted Children Conference.  The shopping experience included Willy Wonka, Oompa Loompas, “Downtown Vicksburg Bars”, great sales and specials.  The merchants participated by dressing up and decorating their stores. Shoppers were rewarded with candy, deals, and the lucky golden ticket winners received prizes.  It was fun time for all: Main Street, Merchants and Shoppers. 
 

Outstanding Image Promotion – This award recognizes the downtown organization or business that has developed an effective public relations piece or specific promotional campaign.
 

Winner: Woodville/Wilkinson County Main Street – Bicentennial Film
 

Director: Polly Rosenblatt
 

 Accepting: Tim Allison
 

A long desired promotional film was created for Woodville & Wilkinson County, thanks to Mississippi State University Extension's Dr. Rachael Carter who recommended MSU Extension Film Office's filmmaker Tim Allison and Brian Utley. Tim and Brian came to Woodville, bonded with the people, spent several weeks filming, and the end result is a fabulously beautiful promotional film that highlights the best of the community's restaurants, museums, parks, lakes, woods, and wildlife. 

 

This project was possible because of the Mississippi Humanities Council Bicentennial Grant Program, and partners who helped to provide cash matching funds and in-kind services. As of this month, the film, on the Woodville/Wilkinson County Main Street Association Facebook page, has had over 42,000 views!  View video.


Main Street Hero
 

Winner: Chic Cody (nominated by Ocean Springs Main Street)

Director: Cynthia Sutton

Accepting: Chic Cody

 

Anyone who has ever met Chic Cody will agree that he is deserving of the Main Street Hero award. Serving as alderman of Ocean Springs for nearly 30 years to remaining as the City and Chamber/Main Street’s Event Coordinator, Cody has had his hand in more projects, growth and enhancements for the community than we can name. There is not a single event or festival in the community of Ocean Springs that has not had the touch of Chic Cody on it.

 

Not only has Cody helped clean out ditches and trim trees during his years as an alderman of Ocean Springs, Cody has also aided in the economic growth of the community. From helping businesses to find new locations in Ocean Springs to acting as a consultant to numerous business owners and community leaders, he has the knowledge and character of Ocean Springs first and foremost on his mind. 

 

Main Street Hero
 

Winner: Leadership is Servanthood (nominated by Ripley Main Street)
 

Director: Elizabeth Reid Behm
 

Accepting: Rob Hodges
 

Leadership is Servanthood is a non-profit organization that reaches youth through mentorship of core values and servanthood in order to grow the future leaders of the community. The group meets every week after school for their leadership program and then they meet every Saturday morning to complete beautification projects in town. 
 

These projects include a program of remodeling and maintaining the islands along highway 15, picking up litter in and around Ripley’s historic square, maintaining the green space created by Ripley Main Street, and assisting in the upkeep of yards of elderly and disabled residents. The impact has been huge in Tippah County.  The kids have learned a great deal about how to take pride in their community through helping others. The business owners have also learned a lot by watching these kids. They are taking notice of their own islands and wanting to keep them fixed up. 


DESIGN


Outstanding Rehabilitation Project – This award is granted to an individual or business that has completed an outstanding historic rehabilitation project that continues the use of the building.

 

Winner: Woodville/Wilkinson County Main Street – Polk’s Meat Market/Woodville Arts Park


Director: Polly Rosenblatt

Accepting: Belinda Stewart and Rep. Angela Cockerham


Town of Woodville's ca. 1900 tiny clapboard wood frame building, Polk's Meat Market, and adjacent bare dirt lot on Main Street beside the Woodville Library has been transformed into a Downtown Visitors Center/Arts Park.  Polk's Meat Market represents the story of the Polk and Johnson families, prominent African-American entrepreneurs who ran a butcher shop to support several generations of families.  

 

The building has been rehabilitated to serve as a Downtown Visitors Center, and it connects to the Woodville Arts Park--green space with hardscape and landscape (including our own Woodville Red Camellia plants), for the public to enjoy, and for the Library to use for Summer Reading and Poetry Out Loud literacy activities. Partners include Mississippi Department of Archives & History, Belinda Stewart Architects, Robert A. Katz Memorial Foundation, Plum Creek Foundation, MDA's Creative Economy, Town of Woodville, Wilkinson County Industrial Development Authority, Brantley Snipes Landscape Design, and Mississippi Main Street Association.

 

Outstanding Public Improvement Project (1 of 2)– This award is given to the municipality or Main Street program that has designed and implemented attractive and sympathetic improvements for its district.

 

Winner: Biloxi Main Street – Howard Avenue Redevelopment


Director: Kay Miller


Accepting: Serena Gilich (Mayor’s wife)


Biloxi, like many U.S. communities, suffered the damaging effects of 1970s urban renewal that saw the dramatic destruction of downtown infrastructure and street grids. Research found that streets converted to open-air pedestrian malls had an 89 percent failure rate in the U.S. 

 

Armed with this information and after multiple public hearings, Biloxi developed a plan to restore its main downtown thoroughfare to two-way vehicular traffic on a brick-overlayed street, with on-street parking that balanced pedestrian and vehicular access, and incented existing property owners and new developers to create facades with the look and feel of the vibrant downtown of yesteryear. The completed restoration of the city's main thoroughfare and the establishment of design guidelines has spawned millions of dollars in new investment. 

 

Outstanding Public Improvement (2 of 2)


Winner: City of Tupelo Alley Project


Director: Debbie Brangenberg


Accepting: Mayor Jason Shelton 


In partnership with the City of Tupelo, the Public Works Department, Tupelo Water and Light and the assistance of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Quality of Life Grant, one of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street's long-term goals and dreams has become reality. The DTMSA has completed the first two phases of renovations of the alleys in Downtown Tupelo into third spaces. 

 

The old adage that "seeing is believing" was proven true as Mayor Jason Shelton's travel to other communities opened his eyes to the benefit of taking unattractive alleys and making them into social environments. His directive to make Tupelo's alleys a top priority provided the direction and make possible the partnership between the City's departments to accomplish this goal.

 

Outstanding Visual Merchandising – This award recognizes excellence in visual merchandising in a retail business in a Main Street district.


Winner: Laurel Main Street – Guild & Gentry


Director: Judi Holifield


Accepting: Cory and Caroline Burks


Guild & Gentry Fine Menswear celebrates the history of Laurel through its clothing, store displays, and storytelling. It seeks to honor both the wealthy midwesterners who founded our city (the gentry), as well as the innovative craftsmen and merchants (the guild) who worked alongside them to build our town. Guild & Gentry’s distinctly masculine style shows through each display as well as in its barbershop. 

Entering Guild & Gentry is like stepping into a comfortable men’s lounge with it’s rich wood tones, leather furniture, and vintage sporting equipment cleverly purposed throughout.

 

Outstanding New Development - Granted to an individual or business that has undertaken a new development project within a downtown district.  

Winner: Main Street Greenwood – Rail Spike Park


Director: Brantley Snipes


Accepting: Mayor Carolyn McAdams 

 

Often our historic rehabilitation projects are only focused on structures within our community, not our landscapes. However, the Rail Spike Park development in downtown Greenwood transformed a historic rail-line, which had become a symbol of blight, into a vision of community pride and progress. At 1.7 miles, Rail Spike Park not only constitutes the southern boundary of downtown Greenwood but serves as a connection between key points in the community, offers space for exercise, features an award winning farmers market pavilion, and now welcomes visitors into downtown with iconic signage. 

 

This $4 million-dollar development was brought to life through a visionary administration and engaged community members under the leadership of renowned designers, planners and engineers. Results of the Rail Spike project have included increased property values, greater business traffic and spurred a multi-million dollar development located directly adjacent to the park.

 

Main Street Hero


Winner: Bill Edwards (nominated by Picayune Main Street Chamber)


Director (and accepting in Mr. Edwards’ absence): Reba Beebe


In 1996, Bill Edwards was a founding member of Picayune Main Street, Inc. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for 23 years. Bill served as President for 16 of those years. Bill currently serves as Emeritus. He has restored 30 historic properties in the Picayune area. Several of his restoration projects have been featured in local magazines and on the Civic Woman’s Club Pilgrimage. 

 

After retiring from NASA at the Stennis Space Center, Bill & wife Evelyn, opened The Glass Porch , a fine furniture & gift shop in Downtown Picayune. Bill served on Crosby Arboretum Board, Partners for Stennis, Picayune Planning Commission, Picayune Chamber Board, PRC Tourism Council and was named 1996 Chamber Citizen of the Year.

 

ECONOMIC VITALITY

 

Outstanding Adaptive Reuse Project (1 of 2) – This award is granted to the best adaptive reuse of a building that has outlived its former use.


Winner: Biloxi Main Street – Southport Line Restaurant


Director: Kay Miller


Accepting: Curtis Schmitt


This outstanding adaptive reuse project has turned a dilapidated 19thcentury home into Southport Line Restaurant which features a menu that is much like the building it is in, traditional with a funky hip flavor. The lively gathering place on the edge of downtown Biloxi has taken a forgotten and abandoned house and made it an anchor in the redevelopment of the East Howard Avenue National Register District. 

 

The rebirth and renewal of this historic building was the brain-child of father and son team, Mike and Curtis Schmidt. They were able to retain the charm of the building while expanding it and infuse it with a young urban vibe. With the success of this project, this often overlooked east end of the Biloxi Main Street district is seeing new interest with renovation of residential structures and acquisition of long vacant commercial buildings.

 

Outstanding Adaptive Reuse Project (2 of 2)
 

Winner: Laurel Main Street – Sweet Somethings Bakery and Bed & Breakfast


Director: Judi Holifield


Accepting: Melinda Bryant


A 1920s grocery store turned CPA office, is now a showpiece that welcomes visitors to downtown. The building’s facade had been covered with an assortment of materials over the years, but the new facade restores its original charm. The interior was also restored with historically accurate details. Custom, locally made bakery cases were installed as well as a vintage-inspired ice cream counter. Above the first-floor bakery, three apartments comprise Sweet Somethings Bed & Breakfast. Each apartment is thoughtfully appointed and stays include breakfast in the bakery downstairs.

 

Outstanding Business Recruitment - granted to the downtown organization that has created and implemented the best retention and/or business recruitment program for its downtown.  
 

Winner: Main Street Greenwood – Rehabit Greenwood
 

Director and accepting: Brantley Snipes
 

Coordinating business recruitment with rehabilitation incentives can be an overwhelming maze, which can deter a project from even starting. Main Street Greenwood, with the help of Orion Planning & Development managed to straighten the maze out with the Rehabit Greenwood movement. As part of this project, not only were potential brownfields identified and studied, photo montage visions of future use of the properties and other available incentives were tied together in a marketing package sent out potential developers.

 

Four of the 8 properties listed have been sold or are under contract as of April 2019and the Rehabit images were used to launch Howard’s End, a mixed use development coming to Greenwood in 2020. The package is available by request or on the Main Street Greenwood website. We aim to not only recruit business to inhabit downtown, but to recruit businesses to Rehabit downtown Greenwood through preservation and environmental best practices.

 

Outstanding Economic Impact – granted to an individual, business or municipality (or partnership of entities) that has undertaken a new development project within a downtown district.


Winner: Main Street Pascagoula – Menagerie on Market


Director: Rebecca Davis


Accepting: Tina Hull, Owner


Investment, Growth, Opportunity, and Love for Community! These words inspired Tina Hull to give back to her community. She purchased a building built in the 1960s, and renovated it inside and out with her family’s help for around $250,000. This building is now called Menagerie on Market and is the home of 42 small businesses. In November 2017, 20 businesses opened and over $38,000 was made in the first two months. Sales in 2018 for the same two months almost tripled. Another vacant building added to the tax rolls. What a win! 

 

Menagerie on Market gives people who work full time an option to open a small business. Once the word got out, Tina had no problem filling up her 8,000 square-foot building. You may find anything from upcycled furniture to clothing and everything in between at Menagerie on Market. It’s a shopper’s paradise! The Menagerie on Market has spurred more businesses to open in Pascagoula’s Main Street District.

 

Outstanding New Business – granted to a new business in a downtown district that contributes to excellence in downtown revitalization. 


Winner: Senatobia Main Street – Delta Steakhouse


Director: Jamie Sowell


Accepting: Mike Wilson, Owner
 

Every downtown needs agood restaurant. Every booming community needs a great local gathering place. Senatobia lucked up with both when Mike Wilson brought Delta Steakhouse and Lunchbox to downtown. 
 

Whether you go for a hearty plate lunch during the busy work week or you enjoy a date night in downtown, Delta Steakhouse is the place to be. During the day, the street is packed with local business professionals that are coming downtown for lunch. 

 

Fresh seafood, delicious steaks and cold drinks all have brought a night life to downtown Senatobia that was previously nonexistent. What once was a deserted street after 5pm now has hustle and bustle that is contagious to the entire community. Delta Steakhouse and Lunchbox not only restored their beautiful building, they restored Downtown Senatobia back to being the place to be.


Main Street Trailblazer Award in memory of Paul Coggin
Due to the commitment, time and enthusiasm that Paul Coggin brought to the Mississippi Main Street Association, a special award was established in his honor, given to an outstanding local board member or volunteer who has been active in a downtown organization for a significant period of time, and who has contributed energy and dedication to downtown revitalization.


Winner: Bill Raymond (nominated by Biloxi Main Street)


Director: Kay Miller


Accepting: Bill Raymond


Bill Raymond is quite simply the foremost authority on downtown Biloxi’s past and present. His dedication to the preservation, restoration and enhancement of downtown Biloxi has led to history in the making. No single individual has given as much time, talent and enthusiasm to Biloxi Main Street nor held as many different roles in the organization. Bill’s Biloxi Main Street closet holds nearly every hat! The outcome of his monumental contribution is the positive, continual progress that is so very visible today in downtown Biloxi. His impact will be seen and felt for generations to come.
 

Merchant of the Year - This award recognizes one outstanding local business owner who has a flourishing and innovative business and displayed an involved commitment to downtown and his or her Main Street program.

 

Winner: Bev Crossen (nominated by Downtown Tupelo Main Street)

 

Director and accepting for Bev who is out of the country: Debbie Brangenberg

 

Over the last ten years, Downtown Tupelo has seen a renaissance, and this growth could be largely attributed to the efforts of one person -Bev Crossen. Bev is the epitome of positivity and possibilities, not only in her everyday life, but in her businesses, as well. With Bev's move to downtown Tupelo eight years ago, she has been a firestorm of action and creativity. Building renovations, new businesses, business expansions and mentoring other small business owners in the downtown central business district are only the tip of the iceberg of her contributions to downtown Tupelo and the community. 

 

A downtown and community volunteer, promotions committee chair and member of the board of DTMSA, Bev's can-do attitude and enthusiasm is infectious to all she encounters. She truly understands the concept of downtown revitalization and the strength it gives a community. Her leadership and contributions exemplify what it means to be Merchant of the Year. 

 

Outstanding Main Street Director of the Year & Charles Beasley Scholarship Award - Charlie Beasley was one of the founding members of MMSA and served on the Board and in various officer positions, including President. He was Board Member Emeritus at the time of his passing in 2007 and had served Main Street since its inception in 1989. This award is a $1,500 scholarship to attend the National Main Streets Conference, given to a Main Street Director who has shown outstanding service to his or her community and Main Street program. The scholarship is awarded annually, and the MMSA Staff and Board select the recipient.


2019 Winner: Judi Holifield, Laurel Main Street


If you ask members of the Downtown Laurel community to describe Judi Holifield, their first words will speak to her fierceness, strength, and resiliency. They’ll tell you about the strong tower, the determined leader who pushes through or climbs over all the obstacles in her path to make Laurel a better place. They’ll tell you about years of hard work and endless hours of committee meetings. But—Judi Holifield is so much more.

One of the first tasks Judi set for herself when she became the Executive Director of Laurel Main street was to dream big. She went to a meeting of people who had largely given up on Downtown Laurel and asked what they would want to see in Downtown if money were no object. The answers were pipe dreams. No vacant buildings for sale, parks galore, more restaurants, a thriving tourist industry, and so on. Pipe dream or not, all of those things are now realities.


There’s a saying about most of Judi’s time in the office: The doctor is in. So many of her days are spent listening to the people around her. Everyone’s got ideas or troubles, questions or answers, and Judi’s there to take it all in and offer some much-needed advice. When a particularly difficult problem arises, she often tells the person that she’ll “meditate on it” and always follows up a few days later with insight and wise words.

She has a key to the city, friends and family who adore her, a reputation for getting things done, and was once accused of being the leader of a shadow government that decided how the City Council would vote. What can we say? Every town needs a conspiracy theory or two.

She’s strong, and she’s resilient. But, Judi is also kind and compassionate, an excellent listener and a dreamer, a true friend and a virtuous leader. The same community members who praise her for her fierceness will, if you give them just a second, start reflecting on why they love Judi and tell you the same things we just did. Because, she’s so much more than any quick description could every say. 


Congratulations, Judi, on being named the Outstanding Main Street Director of the Year!

 

 


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