Falls Main Street wins two awards

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MADISON - Gov. Tommy Thompson honored several communities - including Sheboygan Falls - involved with the state's Main Street Program.
The governor's recognition came Friday, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the program.
"Ten years ago, I saw the need for Wisconsin's downtowns to restore their place as centers for economic and community activity," Thompson said. "To fill this need I directed Commerce (Department) to establish the Main Street Program as a means to reach out to downtowns throughout Wisconsin."
The program provides technical assistance to local central business district revitalization efforts by using a four-point approach of: organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring. Over 30 state communities participate.
"Over the past decade, the program has succeeded in helping Wisconsin's downtowns attract more than 6,700 new jobs and over 1,200 new businesses, as well as nearly $200 million in new investments," Thompson said. He added the program has received national recognition for helping restore economic and community vitality to downtowns throughout the state.
Sheboygan Falls has been involved in the program for all 10 years. The city was honored for "Best Overall Design Achievement' during the period.
Heartland Properties, which conducted the Brickner Woolen Mills Project that converted the former industrial property into apartments in Sheboygan Falls, was honored for "Best Adaptive Reuse Project."
Sheboygan Falls residents Bob and Adam Hertel were two of 28 individuals honored with 1997 volunteer of the year awards with the program.
Lisa Wegener, Sheboygan Falls, was one of six people to receive two year service awards for their work with the program.
Jerry and Judy Selk of Sheboygan Falls received an honorable mention in the 1998 awards for the Falls Glass Service project in the Best Downtown Adaptive Reuse Program.
Sheboygan Falls resident Jim Fasse is a member of the 1997 Wisconsin Main Street Honorary Board of Directors.

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