The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Boyne City and Old Town Lansing as two of ten semifnalists for its "Great American Main Street Award" (GAMSA). The top five winners will be presented at the Main Street Awards Ceremony as part of the National Main Streets Conference in Des Moines, Iowa on May 23, 2011.
Boyne City and Old Town Lansing were named as semifinalists for work that has been done to revitalize their main street commercial districts through the Main Street Four-point approach. The work done by local officials, community and business leaders and volunteers to build a sustainable main street with successful businesses and events is to be recognized and applauded.
Michigan is filled with such efforts and we need to take more time to recoginze and accentuate the positive things take place in communities, large and small, all across our state.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail.