My first trip to Mike’s annual trek to the aLABama Downtown Laboratory, Main Street Alabama’s yearly conference held in one of the 24 Main Street Communities in the state, was one I won’t soon forget. Rick Paler, Executive Director of the Decatur Downtown Development Authority, also an English Creme and Golden lover welcomed me, and when Mike realized he had forgotten his tie for the awards banquet, Rick brought Mike a tie adorned with my likeness. And of course, Mary Helmer, President of Main Street Alabama along with her human staff, Trisha Black, Laura Mendez, and Marylon Barkan always love on the canines. This LAB was special for me because I lectured (actually I allowed Mike to do it) with 3 other directors in a session called “Ideas in Action with Main Street Alabama Directors” at the beautiful Princess Theater in Downtown Decatur. I also received an award; more about that later.
While Mike spoke for me, Kay Moore, Director of Downtown Gadsden Inc., and Anne Marie Bryan, Executive Director of Monroeville Main Street along with Mary petted and fed me treats so I would be quiet and still. I was going to be quiet and still anyway, but hey…who doesn’t love attention and food?! My presentation entitled “Tallulah’s Relationship Building in 10 Easy Steps” came very naturally to me. You may roll your eyes when you see Mike walking in Downtown Jasper, but you always welcome this English Creme Retriever.
In addition to the two days of workshops and networking with directors and officials from throughout the Southeast region, Jasper Main Street was well-represented at the Awards of Excellence held at the beautiful Cook Museum of Natural Science.
A big thanks goes to James Phillips, Publisher of The Daily Mountain Eagle, for taking a chance on the first canine-written column for our local paper. Winning the award for Excellence in Public Relations with my column, “Tallulah Leads,” I asked Rick Watson as a fellow columnist to accept the award on my behalf. By the way, I was stuck in the hotel room for this event.See our Jasper crowd below.
Jenny Brown Short, President and Fearless Leader of Jasper Main Street, accepted the award for Excellence in Fundraising because of her tireless efforts to finance the operations and projects budgets.
Kudos go to Cristy Shubert Moody, Director of Operations for the Walker Area Community Foundation, for winning the Main Street Hero Award. Her support and advice over the past five years has been invaluable to our organization.
Todd Thompson, wearing Stanley Wade’s Kiwanis jacket, picked up the award for Excellence in Public/Private Partnership for his work via the Kiwanis Club of Jasper on the East Gateway Sign located in Wade Park on 19th Street and Euclid Avenue that ushers visitors into the downtown district. Look for more progress on the park amenities.
Jasper’s First Baptist church won the award for Excellence in Adaptive Reuse. One of our historic churches in Downtown Jasper with Rev. Lloyd Stilley and his congregation renovated the former Collins-Burke Funeral Home into a Youth Center.
Let’s celebrate these successes, and get our paws ready to get more projects done with the goal of total revitalization in Downtown Jasper! #jaspermainstreet #flourishwithus #pawtographslaterdahling