By: Bill Brunelle, Co-Founder, Independent We Stand
|Downtown Lynden Main Streets Make Us Better Celebration. July 4, 2016|
Main Streets are an important part of every community. They bring local-residents together to shop, eat and play. They’re home to our favorite hometown traditions, like festive parades and holiday events. Healthy Main Streets help put dollars back into local economies and create vibrant communities. That’s why we’re teaming up with STIHL to celebrate these important avenues, and the small businesses that help them thrive, with the second annual America’s Main Streets Contest.
The winning Main Street will receive $25,000 cash and sponsor-related prizes, plus support from Independent We Stand in planning a “Main Streets Make Us Better” event. The event will take place on July 4, giving the winning community a local reason to celebrate what makes America special. With these prizes, the winning Main Street can draw the attention from the community that it deserves.
Wherever it’s located, this year’s winning Main Street will be in good company. Last year, Lynden, Washington, earned the title and the grand prize in the first-ever America’s Main Streets Contest. A town of just under 13,000 people, Lynden is the world’s largest producer of raspberries and has a rich history of Dutch culture, but its downtown area has spent the last several years recovering from a devastating fire. In June 2008, downtown’s anchor building, which housed more than a dozen independent businesses, burned down. As the community continues to recover, the America’s Main Street Contest title gave residents and local businesses a helping hand.
Organizations that qualify for the contest include Main Street groups as well as Downtown Improvement Districts, Business Improvement Districts, Independent Business Districts, Independent Business Associations and Local First groups.
To nominate your favorite, please visit www.MainStreetContest.com.