Main Street Duncan (MSD) was honored at the Oklahoma Main Street Center after they announced the winners in 21 competitive award categories, which in one category Duncan took home the night. Tuesday night was the 30th annual Main Street Awards Banquet at the Embassy Suites Downtown Medical Center Hotel.
Brent Kisling, executive director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce which oversees the Oklahoma Main Street Center, said the Oklahoma Main Street Center has been a coordinating program with Main Street America since 1985.
“Over the past 34 years more than $1.7 billion has been invested, both privately and publicly, in Main Street commercial districts,” said Kisling. “In addition, nearly 1.5 million volunteer hours have been donated to local programs. Business recruiters take into consideration a thriving commercial core when making decisions on where to move their businesses. Main Street is making a difference for the State of Oklahoma.“
Buffy Hughes, director of the Oklahoma Main Street Center program, said the banquets were a way for them to show their appreciation on a statewide level.
“The Main Street Annual Banquet is our chance to show … all the directors, volunteers and board members, as well as the building and business owners that what they do matters,” said Hughes. “This spirited competition celebrates all the dedicated people, original events, historic preservation, and financial investments that make our historic commercial districts thrive.”
Programs compete in 21 award categories representing the “four points” of the Main Street Approach – Organization, Promotion, Economic Vitality and Design. Panels of outside judges for each point review the entries and determine the winners.
Duncan won the Best Retail Event in the promotion category for the Holiday Stroll.
Oklahoma Main Street Center also recognized 23 outstanding individuals as Board Members of the Year and Duncan’s own Diahanna Anderson was one of the 23.