The Wisconsin Department of Commerce recognized the best downtown revitalization projects of 2010 at the 21st Annual Wisconsin Main Street Awards on April 29 in Watertown.
At the awards, Rejeana Ebert from Tomahawk received a 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award. She was acknowledged for her service as an original Board of Directors member and for her work on Tomahawk Main Street’s chief fundraiser Main Street Memories Car Show.
“The results of the Wisconsin Main Street program have been impressive and are illustrated through the great projects that are being honored tonight,” said Commerce Secretary Paul F. Jadin. “I congratulate the winners and the great volunteers and staff members that make it happen.”
This year’s theme is “A Billion Reasons to Celebrate” highlighting the more than $1.1 billion impact on the state of Wisconsin through its public and private reinvestment. Since the program’s inception in 1988, the state’s Main Street communities have attracted 4,122 new businesses, 18,280 new jobs.
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 population from 750 to neighborhoods in Milwaukee and Green Bay.