Wednesday, November 18, 2009

P.R.O.U.D. reaches semis in national contest

Pontiac’s P.R.O.U.D. organization is semifinalist in the 2010 Great American Main Street Awards.

“All of the Mainstreets across the United States have the opportunity to submit their programs for consideration,” said Lori Fairfield, executive director of P.R.O.U.D. “We submitted an entry and have just been notified that we are one of the 10 semifinalists from throughout the U.S.”

Fairfield said the winner would be announced on May 4, during the National Main Streets Conference in Oklahoma City.

The letter received indicated what the 10 communities have done.

The letter states “The ten Main Street communities have been selected from a nationwide pool of applicants and now move to the final round for consideration. These semifinalist communities have created more than 1,100 new businesses and nearly 4,800 new jobs, rehabbed more than 950 buildings and decreased their vacancy rates by an average of 31 percent. They have also generated an average of $24,104,868.70 in public investment and $43, 494, 647.40 in private investment.”

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(Source: The Daily Leader 11/18/09)

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