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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Main Street honors bestowed

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Photo provided THE GROUP attending the Main Street awards program from Darlington included (l-r): Jane and Pat Whalen, Bev Anderson, Tony Ruesga, Suzi Osterday, Steve Winslow, Annette and Tim McGettigan and Tom Osterday.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Commerce (Commerce) recognized the best downtown revitalization projects of 2009 at the 20th annual Wisconsin Main Street Awards on April 23 at Circus World Museum in Baraboo.

"We are excited to commemorate our 20th annual awards at a great historic site, such as Circus World Museum," said Commerce Secretary Aaron Olver. "Historic Preservation is one of the foundational elements of Main Street. Tonight we celebrate the great restorations of historic buildings, the best events and the incredible volunteers and board members who make them happen every day."

Since the program's inception in 1988, the state's Main Street communities have attracted 3,942 new businesses, 17,577 new jobs and more than a billion dollars in public and private reinvestment ($1.095 billion).

Also this year, Wisconsin Main Street inducted three more members into its Hall of Fame, including Darlington's Tim McGettigan, who joins previous Darlington inductee Bev Anderson.

The Hall of Fame identifies individuals who have set themselves apart from the rest based on their contributions to their local Main Street Programs over a long period of time.

Other Darlington honorees included: Steve Winslow, Honorary board of directors; Kate Bausch, volunteer of the year; and Darlington Development Corporation, Darlington Heights Senior Housing and Dental Clinic, honorable mention for best public-private partnership in downtown revitalization.

Wisconsin Main Street is an economic development program targeting Wisconsin's historic commercial districts. Staff members provide technical support and training to Wisconsin communities that have expressed a grass roots commitment to revitalizing their traditional business districts using a comprehensive strategy based on historic preservation and developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Wisconsin's 36 Main Street Communities range in size from Tigerton, population 750, to large neighborhoods in Green Bay and Milwaukee.

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