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East End Main Street is semifinalist for national award

East End Main Street was named as one of eight semifinalists for a national award, officials with the organization announced today.

The semifinalists for the Great American Main Street award were selected from a national pool of applicants, according to a press release from East End Main Street Executive Director Ric Cavender.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation will announce the three winners on April 14 at the National Main Streets conference in New Orleans, according to the release.

The winners are recognized for their "exceptional accomplishments in revitalizing the nation's historic and traditional main street districts," the release reads.

A national jury composed of former award winners, community development professionals, representative from government and foundations, and journalists who are active in community economic development and historic preservation will select the winners, according to the release.

Finalists range from Beaufort, S.C. to Rochester, Mich.

East End Main Street was named as a semifinalist last year, but didn't achieve the ultimate victory, Cavender said.

The winners do not receive a monetary award. But, the National Trust for Historic Preservation will produce a five-minute promotional video for the three winners, he said.

The video is then available on the national organization's website, Cavender said. 

"And we get bragging rights forever," Cavender said.

Cavender offered thanks to all of East End Main Street's volunteers and staff members as well as the business owners in the district. "I want to thank everyone in the East End who worked so hard to make the East End what it is," he said. 


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