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Downtown Rochester Named Quarterfinalist for “America’s Main Streets” Contest

Downtown Rochester has been named a quarterfinalist for the America’s Best Main Street Contest. More than 156,000 votes were cast for 242 nominees during the nomination phase. The 25 communities with the highest number of votes were moved to the Quarterfinalist Round. Quarterfinalist voting begins May 1 at and runs through May 28.

The top 10 semifinalists will be announced on May 29 and the winner of the 2017 “America’s Main Streets” contest will be announced June 5 followed by a “Main Streets Make Us Better” celebration on the Fourth of July, when the winner will announce how the prize money will be utilized.

“There has been an incredible outpouring of love for hundreds of Main Streets and Main Street organizations across the country in this years’ “America’s Main Streets” contest and we couldn’t be more excited,” says Independent We Stand co-founder Bill Brunelle. “We are in our second year of the contest and are so happy to see the passion and pride these nominees have for their Main Streets and the local businesses that keep them alive. Now, it’s time for consumers to show their support and vote again for these amazing quarterfinalists.”

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The quarterfinalists in alphabetical order are:

  • Berlin Main Street, Berlin, Md.
  • Bridge Street, Ashtabula, Ohio
  • Brookhaven Main Street, Brookhaven, Miss.
  • Coventry Village, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
  • Destination Downtown Lancaster, Lancaster, Ohio
  • Downtown Haddonfield, Haddonfield, N.J.
  • Downtown Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
  • Downtown Main Street, Red Wing, Minn.
  • Downtown Northfield, Northfield, Minn.
  • Downtown Oxford, Pennsylvania, Oxford, Pa.
  • Downtown Plano Arts District, Plano, Texas
  • Downtown Rochester, Rochester, Mich.
  • Downtown Shakopee, Shakopee, Minn.
  • Elizabeth City Downtown, Elizabeth City, N.C.
  • Ellicott City Main Street, Ellicott City, Md.
  • Hayward Main Street, Hayward, Wis.
  • Historic Downtown McKinney, McKinney, Texas
  • La Grange Kentucky Main Street, La Grange, Ky.
  • Main Street & Downtown, Wellsboro, Pa.
  • Main Street DeLand, DeLand, Fla.
  • Main Street Maple Shade, Maple Shade, N.J.
  • Main Street Medina, Medina, Ohio
  • St. John Front Street, St. John, Wash.
  • Sykesville Main Street, Sykesville, Md.
  • Westerly, Westerly, R.I.

Contest prizes include:

  • $25,000 grand prize
  • 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
  • PPG Pittsburgh Paints $500 shopping spree
  • SnapRetail $1,300 subscription package
  • Public relations and social media recognition
  • An Alignable small business social media “Neighborhood” on the site
  • Special plaque for winner to proudly display
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