DOWNTOWN CANTON Named Quarterfinalist for America’s Main Streets Contest

Support DOWNTOWN CANTON by voting online today!

The national small business movement, Independent We Stand, today announced the quarterfinalists, including DOWNTOWN CANTON, in the 2021 America’s Main Streets “Road to Recovery” contest. As the backbone of our cities and towns, Main Streets play an important role in local economies and serve as community pillars, bringing people together when many have been apart. The economic vitality of DOWNTOWN CANTON is one way we will continue on the “Road to Recovery” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Independent We Stand invites the public to take action and play a role in the survival of Main Streets by voting online for their favorite quarterfinalist and moving a deserving Main Street one step closer to the cash grand prize of $25,000.

The Canton Main Street program was established in 2010 to enhance the quality of life for the Canton residents. With a heart for historic preservation and an eye on the future, Canton Georgia is building an economy for the next generation while restoring buildings from past generations. In the last three years, over 300,000 square feet of historic buildings have been restored including former schools, a textile mill, and the historic Jones Mercantile in the heart of Downtown. Canton has made a name for itself by providing crowd pleasing events and activities such as First Friday block parties, Canton Farmers Market, Downtown Canton Art & Wine Walk, Downtown Canton Cocktail Cruise and Christmas in Canton just to name a few. The Downtown Canton Cash Mob promotion was created in January 2021 in efforts to rally the community together, get them involved with the #LoveLocal campaign during COVID and support Downtown Canton businesses through focused group spending. 2021 promises exciting and new possibilities for growth within an authentic, inviting community that deeply cares about the City’s future and unrivaled quality of life. Georgia Trend Magazine recognized Canton as one of the 2019 ‘LIVE, WORK, PLAY’ Communities. Canton is working to connect Downtown with the Etowah River through aggressive trails plans and infrastructure improvements. The Independent We Stand ‘Road to Recovery’ Grant would provide seed money to assist downtown businesses with creating and/or updating their websites along with transitioning them to ecommerce that will, for certain, stimulate their business.

More than 494,000 total votes were cast for 216 nominees during the nominations phase. The 2021 quarterfinalists in alphabetical order are:

● Beardstown Illinois, Beardstown, IL
● Brooksville Main Street, Orlando, FL
● Cambridge Main Street, Cambridge, OH
● Clovis MainStreet, Clovis, NM
● Downtown Canton, Canton, GA
● Downtown Hudson, Hudson, MA
● Downtown Jeffersonville, Jeffersonville, IN
● Eatonton Main Street, Eatonton, GA
● Elizabeth City Downtown, Elizabeth City, NC
● Fort Payne Main Street, Fort Payne, AL
● Historic Downtown Mount Airy, Mount Airy, NC
● Hope Downtown Network, Hope, AR
● Jacksonville Main Street, Jacksonville, IL
● LaBelle Downtown Revitalization Corporation, LaBelle, FL
● Main & Broad Streets, Lititz, PA
● Main Street Altus, Altus, OK
● Main Street Enterprise, Enterprise, AL
● Main Street Hayward, Hayward, WI
● Main Street Homer, Homer, LA
● Main Street Monroe, Monroe, WI
● Main Street Osborne, Osborne, KS
● Make it Maryville, Maryville, MO
● Norton Business District, Norton, KS
● Texarkana USA Amtrak Station Exterior and Platform Area, Texarkana, TX
● Washington Avenue, Navasota, TX

To vote online for DOWNTOWN CANTON in the ‘America’s Main Streets’ contest, visit: www.mainstreetcontest.com/profile/48
Semifinalist online voting begins November 15 and runs through December 12. The winner of the “America’s Main Streets” contest will be announced December 20, 2021, with a celebration event tentatively scheduled for February 2022.

Additional contest prizes include:
● STIHL Equipment Certificate for $1,000 worth of STIHL equipment good at any STIHL Dealer in the U.S.
● Do it Best Corp. $500 shopping spree
● tmbr Flooring $500 shopping spree
● Nationwide Marketing Group $500 shopping spree
● Public relations and social media recognition
● A special plaque for the winner to proudly display
For more information on Downtown Canton, visit: cantonga.gov or contact Velinda Hardy ~ velinda.hardy@cantonga.gov