The Kansas Department of Commerce announced the winners of the Main Street Awards of Excellence at the annual Kansas Downtown Symposium annual banquet on Thursday, October 22 at the Riverfront Community Center in Leavenworth. The Marysville Main Street Program received two awards, bringing Marysville’s total to twenty eight Governor’s Awards for excellence in various downtown projects and volunteer action.
Community Award – Recipient: Tony Duever
Excellence in Planning & Public Design – LifeTile Murals – Recipient: City of Marysville
The Symposium, which began Wednesday and ended Friday, was sponsored by the Department’s Kansas Main Street program and provides community developers and business leaders a chance to network, attend workshops and discuss downtown development in Kansas. The annual event typically draws nearly 200 business and community leaders interested in downtown development, including city, county and state officials, entrepreneurs and small-business owners, as well as Main Street directors, board members and volunteers.
The Kansas Main Street program helps community volunteers revitalize their city’s historic business district. The program tackles the complex issues of revitalization, capitalizing on downtown’s history and identifying the resources of the community itself. The Kansas program started in 1985 and provides management training, consultation visits, program evaluation, design assistance, business enhancement strategies, incentive dollars and training for board and committee members and program directors. Kansas Main Street is a self-help program. Staff provides technical assistance, but the responsibility and credit for success rests with the community leaders who offer time, expertise and enthusiasm to revitalizing downtown.