WEST JEFFERSON — N.C. Senator Dan Soucek recently sent a letter to the Town of West Jefferson congratulating them on their achievement of Jefferson Avenue receiving “The Great Main Street 2015 Award” by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC).
The program is designed to celebrate great places in North Carolina and recognize the hard work and partnerships that created them.
“All of these ‘Great Main Streets’ represent excellent examples of community-based planning at its best,” said John Morck, President of APA-NC. “Through this program, we celebrate great places in our state and the local partnerships that have worked collaboratively to make these places great.”
In the letter Soucek stated:
“Dear Mayor Dale Baldwin,
As your Senator, it is my great honor to join your family, friends and fellow citizens, in adding my congratulations on your achievement of West Jefferson receiving “The Great Main Street 2015 Award” by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association.
West Jefferson has certainly done a fantastic job by making the town one of the best in the state of North Carolina. Considering there were only three towns in the entire state who received this award, I am very impressed with the time and effort you have put forth to make West Jefferson stand out.
This award is a great victory and I am proud to say I represent you in Ashe County. I again congratulate you on this significant achievement and wish you all the best of success as you set and work to meet your future goals.”
West Jefferson was one of seven communities in North Carolina to be recognized.
Sunset Avenue in Asheboro, Main Street in Belmont and Middle Street in New Bern were recognized in the Professional’s Category along with Jefferson Avenue in West Jefferson.
The Professional’s Category included an extensive nomination and judging process.
Goldsboro’s Center Street was also recognized as a ‘Great Main Street In-the-Making.’
Roanoke Rapids’ Roanoke Canal Trail was selected as the People’s Choice: Great Greenway and Kinston’s 200 North Queen Street was selected as the People’s Choice: Great Historic Rehabilitation. Nearly 40,000 North Carolinians voted on these two categories in an online voting poll.
West Jefferson and the other selected towns will be featured on GreatPlacesNC.org and the APA-NC website. They will also be recognized at the upcoming APA-NC annual conference in October.
To see the photo gallery or to learn more about the selected towns and APA-NC, visit www.greatplacesnc.org.
Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.