By: Tara Mazzarella, Account Coordinator Independent We Stand
After an incredible display of support for Main Streets from coast to coast, Downtown Lynden, formally Lynden Downtown Business Association (DBA), in Lynden, Wash., was announced as the first ever winner of the “America’s Main Streets” contest.
Independent We Stand and STIHL Inc. initially launched the “America’s Main Streets” contest to promote the important role Main Streets play in building economic success for their communities. On March 1, they invited the public to nominate and vote for a deserving Main Street or town in the U.S.
The small town of Lynden, population 12,902, stood out among its fellow Main Streets with the most votes, after more than 280,000 total votes were cast by the public nationwide during the contest. Downtown Lynden will double their annual budget with grand prize winnings of $25,000 and a slew of other prizes including a $1,000 STIHL certificate.
“Winning this contest is huge,” says Ken Stap, independent business owner and President of the Lynden DBA. “This award will play a major role in helping re-establish Lynden’s downtown as the heart and soul of our community, for residents and visitors alike,” says Stap.
Fire destroyed the town’s largest anchor building, in 2008; Lynden Downtown Business Association began rebuilding with the help of local investors and volunteer support from the community. Some of their needs and goals for the $25,000 include: creating a brand for the community, implementing wayfinding signage, creating a historical walking tour and upgrading their downtown beautification program.
Downtown Lynden will celebrate its win with a block party on July 4, to thank residents for their votes with free food, live music, dancing and giveaways. The celebration will begin at 11am on Front Street in Lynden. There will also be an official awards ceremony – with guest speakers: STIHL’s own Roger Phelps, Corporate Communications Manager, Ken Stap, President of Downtown Lynden, and Bill Brunelle, Co-Founder of Independent We Stand.
For more information on Downtown Lynden and the America’s Main Streets Contest, click here.