Hammond DDD earns 2022 Great American Main Street Award for excellence in holistic downtown revitalization
Hammond Downtown Development District (HDDD) in Hammond, Louisiana is one of three winners of the 2022 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA), which recognizes communities for their excellence in comprehensive preservation-based commercial district revitalization.
The 2022 GAMSA designations, sponsored by The Hartford, were presented at the opening plenary for the Main Street Now Conference in Richmond, VA.
Selected by a national jury of community development professionals and leaders in the fields of economic development and historic preservation, Hammond Downtown Development District is being recognized for their significant historic preservation efforts, vibrant small business environment, and dedication to inclusive, people-centered placemaking.
“Hammond’s commitment to community engagement is key to their success,” said Main Street America President and CEO, Patrice Frey. “Their significant outreach efforts have ensured that the revitalized district is reflective of the diverse residents, business owners, and visitors in the area.”
For nearly 40 years, HDDD’s ambitious revitalization projects and events portfolio have been carefully planned in partnership with residents, merchants, property owners, community leaders, and other stakeholders to dually create spaces that reflect diverse groups and bring shoppers, diners, and purveyors to the district. As a result, they have achieved an impressive record of impactful projects that have truly transformed the city.
“When Louisiana Main Street began in 1984, Hammond was one of four Louisiana communities initially selected. Since that time, the Hammond Downtown Development District has not stopped working to make downtown Hammond better by helping the people of Hammond be early adapters and users of all the tools needed to bring about long-term positive change,” said Ray Scriber, Director of Louisiana Main Street.
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