Los Alamos MainStreet Executive Director Suzette Fox accepts the Spirit of Preservation Award from the New Mexico MainStreet Program. Courtesy photo
LA MAINSTREET News:
Los Alamos MainStreet recently received the Spirit of Preservation Award from the New Mexico MainStreet Program for its advocacy of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
New Mexico MainStreets gathered in Artesia, Aug. 13, with local affiliates and public and private partners to celebrate 30 years of MainStreet’s economic development and revitalization efforts in New Mexico.
“Governor Susana Martinez and I have worked to increase MainStreet investments over the past 4.5 years and will continue to promote this vital program that creates good jobs and revitalizes our downtowns, especially in our rural communities,” said Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela, whose department oversees New Mexico MainStreet. “From new programs like our innovative Historic Theater Initiative, the Frontier Communities Initiative and the first Native-American MainStreet, New Mexico is a fantastic leader nationwide and I congratulate these award recipients for their invaluable contribution to the state’s MainStreet Program.”
The New Mexico MainStreet 30th Anniversary Commemorative Awards recognized the outstanding achievements and exceptional leadership among the state’s local MainStreet organizations and partners. This year’s recipients represent a broad range of individuals and organizations throughout New Mexico who have demonstrated successful approaches.
“Los Alamos MainStreet provided support in the advocacy efforts of the Los Alamos Historical Society for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park by mobilizing our citizens via email, mail and phone to contact our legislators to support its creation,” said Los Alamos MainStreet Executive Director Suzette Fox.
The Main Street movement has transformed the way communities think about the revitalization of their historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, and helped put historic preservation back in the community revitalization conversation.
Cities and towns across the nation have come to see that a vibrant, sustainable community is only as healthy as its core. Our Main Streets are the places of shared memory where the entire community still comes together to live, work, and play.
Since 1985, New Mexico MainStreet, has completed more than 3,000 building renovations, secured more than $286 million in private-sector reinvestments, constructed 107 new buildings, and created more than 3,000 net new businesses, and more than 12,000 net new jobs. The program has a positive track record of job creation, historic restoration, and community engagement.
New Mexico MainStreet is a program of the New Mexico Economic Development Department and serves 27 MainStreet affiliates, eight Arts and Cultural districts, 10 Frontier Communities and six Historic Theater Initiatives across the state.
Los Alamos MainStreet is a program of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation. Los Alamos MainStreet plans community events such as ScienceFest, Trick or Treat on MainStreet and Winterfest.