2 local cities receive recognition for ‘Main Street’ efforts
ELLIS COUNTY - The Texas Historical Commission and its Texas Main Street Program recognized not only one, but two cities this year in Ellis County. The cities of Ferris and Waxahachie were two of 55 cities who earned national recognition in Texas.
This year marked the first time Ferris earned national recognition since its inception in 1997.
Cities selected as National Recognition Cities must show above average performance in 10 categories. The selection criteria focuses on planning, staff and volunteers, preservation ethic, training and program assessment.
“Historic Downtown Ferris is the heart and soul of our city and what makes us unique,” said Ferris Economic Development and Main Street Director Chuck Dart. “We are proud to have earned national recognition for the hard work of so many people.”
The cities were honored at the annual Texas Downtown Association meeting in Nacogdoches on Wednesday, Nov. 2.
“We have been through so much this year with the fire on the square at the beginning of the year and the economy the way it has been, I am really proud of the awards we have won,” said Waxahachie Downtown Development Director Anita Williamson at the Monday, Nov.7 city council meeting.
“It shows we do have really great businesses and partners for the downtown area.”
During the conference not only was Waxahachie honored as a “Main Street City” but, two businesses from Waxahachie were named winners of the 2011 Texas Downtown Association Presidents Awards Program.
The College Street Restaurant & Pub was named winner in the “Best Downtown Business” category, which recognizes an exceptional downtown business that promotes downtown as a destination for locals and tourists.
Citizens National Bank of Texas was named winner in the” Best Downtown Partner” category, which recognizes a local private business or civic organization that positively impacts the community and contributes to the revitalization efforts of downtown.
Judges were impressed with the commitment to downtown demonstrated by both businesses.
“Throughout 2011 we have been celebrating the Texas Main Street Program’s 30 years of progress, having taken our first designated cities in 1981. Recognizing these cities for their efforts in revitalizing their historic downtowns takes on special meaning this year,” said TMSP State Coordinator Debra Farst.
“The programs being acknowledged are large and small from all areas of the state, showing that the Main Street model is appropriate for all kinds of communities with historic downtowns.”