BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Main Street Alabama celebrates local program successes with the announcement of the 7th Annual Awards of Excellence.  The awards honor projects and individuals that make tremendous impacts in their respective communities. 


“It’s an honor to recognize outstanding community projects, leaders and volunteers,” said Mary Helmer, MSA President and State Coordinator. “The awards represent the good work being done in Main Street Alabama communities, including those that were initiated after the pandemic, sparking creative ways to promote and help struggling businesses.”


“Monroeville Main Street is beyond honored to have 5 of Main Street Alabama's AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE come to Monroeville along with a MAIN STREET HERO AWARD” said Anne Marie Bryan, Monroeville Main Street’s Executive Director. “These are competitive awards and, with over 200 nominations, we are grateful to see local people and projects be recognized on a statewide level for their hard work and dedication to Monroeville!”


The following awards were presented Thursday evening:


Excellence in Economic Impact: Billy Jones


Excellence in Business Development: Bradley Martens – JWJ Investment Properties


Excellence in Fundraising: 2019 Partners in Preservation Grant Steering Committee


Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation:  Hammer, INC for the Womack Building Historic Renovation Project


Excellence in Marketing: We Are Monroeville Main Street Video


Main Street Hero Award:  Monroeville Garden Club


Additionally, Monroeville Main Street Board President Mark Burgess recognized Al Brewton for his 6 years of service to the board.


Main Street Alabama has 28 Designated Programs and 20 Downtown Network Communities.  Alexander City, Anniston, Athens, Atmore, Birmingham, Birmingham’s Historic 4th Ave Business District, Calera, Columbiana, Decatur, Dothan, Elba, Enterprise, Eufaula, Florence, Foley, Fort Payne, Gadsden, Headland, Heflin, Jasper, Marion, Monroeville, Montevallo, Opelika, Oxford, Scottsboro, South Huntsville, and Wetumpka each have Designated Programs and new communities will be added annually. Applications to become a Designated

Program will be available in Spring 2021. Until then, communities interested in downtown revitalization can

participate in Main Street Alabama's Downtown Network.


Main Street Alabama focuses on bringing jobs, dollars and people back to Alabama’s historic communities.  Economic development is at the heart of our efforts to revitalize downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.