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2008 - Nonprofit Organization Winner - Wilburton Main Street

When the judges say things like “Truly stunning,” and “Very inviting,” and “I just love it!” you know that something special has taken place. That’s what has happened in Wilburton, where the before and after shots are jaw-droppers. Before the Streetscape project, sidewalk traffic was minimal and building occupancy hovered at 60 percent. The proud citizens of Wilburton have returned to their downtown, now highlighted with individualized low planters… and occupancy has jumped to 90 percent. Because improvement is contagious, downtown business owners have renovated buildings and planned even more improvements. One downtown space that won’t need help is the new Goldberg and Joseph Park that stood for 40 years as an empty lot. Built with just $72-thousand in donated funds, the park now serves as a place to eat, to relax, to gather for community events and even to get married. Proving that beautification has an impact far deeper than colorful eye-candy, our Environmental Excellence Non-Profit award goes to Wilburton Main Street!

  

Accepting for Wilburton Main Street (L to R): Dr. Robert Woodruff, Karin Woodruff, Mary Ellen Mooney - Executive Director, Mike Mooney