June 26, 2016

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Main Street Medina wins state awards

Main Street Medina, a nonprofit organization that promotes preservation and the city’s historic district, has been honored with four state awards for its work. Heritage Ohio, which oversees Main Street programs throughout the state, announced the awards at the Ohio Preservation Conference, in Columbus May 22 and 23.

“The city is proud to be a major funder and supporter of Main Street Medina, and we applaud the recognition received,” Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell said.
Main Street Medina was recognized with the following awards:

• Best Marketing Project for the Medina Holiday Spectacular and historic district lighting. The award was the result of a collaboration between the city and Main Street Medina and local businesses. City Council funded holiday lighting on Public Square for $50,000 and Main Street raised more than $20,000 in sponsorships for a fireworks display. Six weekends of holiday events, sponsored by Summa Health System, brought an estimated 75,000 to 100,000 visitors to the district.

• Ohio Main Street Manager of the Year to Executive Director Matt Wiederhold, for leading the Main Street program and for increased volunteerism, membership and sponsorships.

• Spirit of Main Street to chairman Ed Wright, for his role in creating Main Street Medina six years ago and for his commitment to the city.

• Best Organization Committee Project to the group’s organization committee for rewriting policies and procedures to benefit the historic district.

Wiederhold said the awards show the community is responding to Main Street’s work.

“As a team, we’re all working toward the same goal, and it’s working,” he said.

Hanwell agreed.

“The partnership and teamwork between Medina Street Medina and the city, on all levels, shows our commitment to fostering a vibrant and lively historic district as a local shopping destination, as a place for families, and as the heart of our city,” he said. “We are blessed and thankful to have Main Street Medina leading the efforts in the city to bring more events and activities to make Medina a destination place for many.”

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.