Congratulations to the Town of Culpeper, which was recently named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the top 10 semi-finalists for the 2012 Great American Main Street Awards (GAMSA). The semi-finalists have demonstrated their ability to preserve their unique history while creating and maintaining vibrant, successful commercial districts that serve as the heart of their communities
Each year, the National Trust Main Street Center recognizes exceptional Main Street communities whose successes serve as a model for comprehensive commercial district revitalization. These award-winning communities have demonstrated proven success in using the Main Street Four Point Approach® to create economic vitality, a unique sense of place and a strong commitment to the community by all stakeholders.
According to the GAMSA website, Culpeper was nominated, in part, due to the citizen-led preservation effort to save the town’s once bustling train depot from demolition. Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. (CRI) was able to build strong partnerships with local and state governments, as well as other public and private entities in order to issue a $4 million bond to initiate the restoration of downtown Culpeper.
In addition, CRI’s strong leadership in comprehensive branding, preservation and business development proved valuable after a 2011 earthquake forced the closure of several businesses and displaced several residents from upper floor housing.
Only three communities in Virginia have been named Great American Main Streets in the past decade: Lynchburg (2006), Manassas (2003) and Staunton (2002).
Good luck, Culpeper. We’re rooting for you!