Main Street Conference
federal officials converge
in Madison for conference
MADISON, Ind. (November 2004) Indiana Lt. Gov.
Kathy Davis on Oct. 29 announced that Madison received two Indiana Main
Street 2004 Downtown Revitalization Awards, which recognize local communities
for their achievements in downtown revitalization and development.
by Don Ward
Calendar Committee of the Madison Main Street Program receives
its award Oct. 29 from former First Lady Judy OBannon (third
from left) and Indiana Main Street Director Mark McConaghy (far
right). The group members include (from left) Ellie Smith, Lucy
Dattilo, Wanda Gross, Nancy Gruner, Deana Williams and Annalisa
At the 2004 Indiana Main Street Conference, held in Madison,
the city received the Innovation Award for their Shop and Dine
for Charity event and the Adaptive Reuse Project Award for the
redevelopment of the Lodge Brothers Apartment Complex.
These awards recognize the effort, and creative approaches that
make our cities and towns the best they can be, said Davis, who
serves as the director of the Indiana Department of Commerce, which
oversees the Main Street program. They honor the hard work of
our partners who are dedicated to improving the urban centers, downtowns
and hearts of our communities.
Madison received the Innovation Award for the Shop and Dine for
Charity event, a semi-annual event designed to encourage spending
in Madisons downtown business establishments, enhance the image
of downtown merchants and support local charities. The event was organized
by the Calendar Committee of the Madison Main Street Program. More than
35 downtown businesses donated a percentage of their sales from the
most recent event held in August, raising $2,000 for 25 different individually
chosen charities. Nancy Gruner, president of the Madison Main Street
program, accepted the award on behalf of business merchants, charities
and other event partners.
by Don Ward
Birdhouse owners Kelly and David Misamore (center) accept their
Business of the Year Award from Judy OBannon and Mark McConaghy.
The renovation of the Lodge Brothers Apartment complex
received the Adaptive Reuse Project Award, which is given to a project
that brings a historic downtown building back into use, or adapts the
building for a new use. Through the work of Mike Flint, a developer
and Madison native, the Lodge Brothers renovation project included the
restoration of a former furniture and hardware store into luxury apartments
in the historic commercial district. The building is now home to 12
apartments and one retail space, which houses the Madison Coffee and
Madison residents garnered two additional recognitions. The National
Park Service Underground Railroad Award was presented by James Hill
to Madisons Georgetown District, an area of downtown that has
been recognized as part of the Underground Railroad movement.
Historic Madison Inc. executive director John Staicer accepted the award
on behalf of HMI, which recently bought the A.M.E. Church in Georgetown
with the help of grant and other funding. HMI plans to renovate the
building into a museum.
Hill, who represented the 13-state National Underground Railroad Network
to Freedom initiative, presented a Certificate of Appreciation
to Jae Breitweiser, president of Historic Eleutherian College in Lancaster,
for her role in developing the college into a museum dedicated to Underground
by Don Ward
Flint (right) accepts his Adaptive Use Project Award from Mark
Breitweiser and Staicer join a group of other local residents
on Saturday for a historic marker unveiling ceremony at HMIs Windle
Auditorium along with state and local officials. Pamela J. Bennett,
director of the Indiana Historical Bureau, which oversees the states
historic marker program, made the presentation. The marker will go up
in the Georgetown area of downtown Madison to interpret Underground
Railroad activities that occurred there before and during the Civil
War. Seven area organizations contributed money to pay for an eventual
three markers that will go up in the area.
A total of nine awards for downtown revitalization were presented at
the conference, which for the first time included a collaboration between
the Indiana Main Street, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Division of Historic Preservation and Archeology. Also presented were
six Indiana Historic Preservation Awards. Former First Lady Judy OBannon
provided opening remarks and later was presented the 2004 Outstanding
Hoosier Presidents Award, only the fifth such awarded since its
inception in 1999. Jon Smith, director of the Indiana Department of
Natural Resources-Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology,
presented the award and noted the previous winners included Madisons
Ann Windle (2000) and John Galvin (2003).
OBannon praised the efforts of community-minded people around
the state who care enough about their communities to do something
about preserving them.
OBannon hosts an Indiana Public Television show produced in Indianapolis
called Communities Building Community that is now entering
its second season. (For details on local TV air times, visit: www.wfyi.org.)
by Don Ward
large group of Madison area people took part in the Oct. 30 marker
unveiling at Windle Auditorium. The group included Historic Madison
Inc. executive director John Staicer (center) and (from far right)
retired HMI director John Galvin, State Rep. Markt Lytle and Jae
Breitweiser, president of Historic Eleutherian College Inc.
Local Main Street programs may nominate communities, organizations
or individuals for awards. The Indiana Main Street Council chooses the
The Indiana Main Street program, established in 1986, provides Indianas
communities with technical assistance in downtown revitalization, focusing
on economic redevelopment within the context of historic preservation.
It is the largest program of its kind in the country, with more than
160 cities and towns participating.
Indiana Main Street operates under the direction of the Indiana Department
of Commerce, and the National Trust for Historic Preservations
National Main Street Center. For more information on this program, contact
the Indiana Main Street Division at 317.232.8912 or visit the Commerce
website at: www.indianacommerce.com.
Story supplemented by information provided by the Indiana
Department of Commerce press office.
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