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Warrensburg Main Street wins three state awards

July 29, 2013

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Warrensburg, Mo. (July 29, 2013) – Warrensburg Main Street, Incorporated brought home three awards at Missouri Main Street Revitalization Awards ceremony on July 25, 2013 at the Phillips Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.

The event capped off three days of over 40 educational workshops and in-the-field educational sessions, sponsored by Missouri Main Street Connection. Awards recognizing achievements in downtown revitalization were presented in 18 categories. Competition for the awards came from all across the state of Missouri.

“Missouri Main Street Connection congratulates Warrensburg for embracing the opportunity for training and mentoring from Missouri Main Street, and is now enjoying the success of their revitalization plan,” said Gayla Roten, Missouri Main Street Connection State Director. MMSC has worked with WMS to help the program expand its goals and qualify for accreditation from the National Trust Main Street Center. “The dedicated leaders and many volunteers who are contributing to the success of the Warrensburg revitalization effort can be proud of their efforts which have resulted in measureable achievements in all Four Points of the Main Street Approach® to revitalization,” Roten added.

Main Street was recognized for its 2012 Day of Caring, where more than 75 volunteers throughout the community and the University of Central Missouri worked more than 650 man hours in a single day to revitalize the alley between Pine Street and the Union Pacific Railroad Depot. More than 30,000 dollars of material and funds donated by local merchants were used to clean up alleys, repaint buildings, install new facades, new window canopy’s and fencing along the alley.

Jo Henning of Old Drum Gallery and Trading Company received the Business Excellence Award for her efforts in developing programs and events for the downtown business district. Jo has been the focal point in the Friday Arts Walks during First Friday’s and The Dickens Christmas held in December.

Rhonda Gelbach was recognized as the Missouri Main Street Connection Volunteer of the Year. Rhonda is a longtime volunteer and Board Member and has given hundreds of hours to help make Warrensburg a better community. Because of Rhonda, Main Streets Piccadilly Auction raised more than twice the donations than the previous year’s event and has been instrumental in organizing this year’s downtown concerts and other events.

Main Street director Julie Turnipseed was recognized for her 26 years of involvement in Main Street here and in other communities. Julie has been a vital part of helping communities develop and revitalize their downtown districts and bring local residents to these areas for shopping and dining.

WMS is dedicated to the revitalization and historic preservation of Downtown Warrensburg, and is Accredited as a Main Street® program through the National Trust Main Street Center and the Missouri Main Street Connection. WMS works tirelessly in a variety of ways to bring commerce, people and entertainment back to the heart of the community. Events include a Piccadilly Auction & Gala in early Spring, Summer Concert Series, a Fall Festival “The Burg Fest,” Tailgating with the City for UMC’s Homecoming, and Dickens Christmas Living Windows. Warrensburg Main Street’s “Day of Caring 2012” has been recognized nationally as a special way for volunteers to give back to a community while cooperatively accomplishing a specific goal.

For additional information please contact: Julie Turnipseed at Warrensburg Main Street, wmainst@embarqmail.com or 660-429-3988.

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