Regarding the article in the Friday, Oct. 10 edition of the Payson Roundup highlighting the Main Street Project awards, I would like to make a few comments.
I would like to thank Carol, the new Main Street Project Manager, for letting everyone know that this is very stiff competition. It is a detailed process and is competitive with many other cities, towns and worthwhile projects.
The three-day Governor's conference is attended by approximately 350-500 officials from across the state. This includes Main Street, Economic Development, Chambers of Commerce, elected officials, Department of Commerce, ADOT, APS and other corporate entities. There is a lot of exposure for the communities.
Even though I attended with the Tucson delegation, I was thrilled that three of Payson's elected officials -- Vice Mayor Brewer, Councilpersons Wolfe and Buettner -- several town employees, three Main Street Board members, Economic Development and the new Main Street Manager were in attendance.
Also Madeline and Mel from Mad Dawg's were there to accept their award.
Patti Blackmore was a great choice for winning the Business of the Year. She took a chance on Main Street and then put retail in her business to keep with the theme.
Mad & Mel was a work of fun and necessity. There was a lot of negotiation that went into those two locations and lot of time and money invested on the part of the partners.
The gateway signage was 50-percent funded by the community, with major donations from Bank One, Kaibab and Mazatzal Casino along with many other donations from businesses and individuals. The remaining portion of the money came from a grant that I wrote to the State Main Street Program.
I was extremely proud of Payson as you all should be. It continues to move forward and progress despite the efforts of a few.
The new manager is an extremely qualified lady who will work hard to move it even further. Please stop by and welcome her and show your support.
Also, thanks to the Roundup for keeping everyone informed on the progress of Main Street.
Congratulations, Payson. Keep supporting these efforts and before you know it, Main Street will be what everyone envisioned.
Karen Greenspoon, Economic Development, Tucson