OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Main Street Center announced today that Miami Main Street is one of top three finalists for one of its 20 competitive awards.

The Miami Main Street program is one of the finalists for Oklahoma Main Street's Economic Restructuring Award for the Best Adaptive for the Coleman Theater Conference Center/Ballroom. The other finalists for the award are: Hobart – Stanley Building, Perry – HeBrews Coffee & Gallery and Sayre – The Brick Coffee House.

Fay Culver, Miami Main Street's executive director, the Best Adaptive award is issued for buildings or firms that take a spot not in use and make it useable.

“The Community Room in the Coleman Theater Conference Center/Ballroom has put a space that wasn't used since the Shriners used it back to use,” she said.

All three finalists in each category will be honored and the winner announced at the 23rd annual Main Street Awards Banquet, April 24, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. 

“These awards each year highlight and represent truly the best from the businesses, communities and programs throughout Oklahoma,” said Linda Barnett, Oklahoma Main Street Center director. “These awards, sent in by the local Main Street Programs, showcase the enthusiasm, creativity and responsibility toward increasing revenue and creating jobs for their local downtown business districts.”

Each award category falls under one of the “four points” in the Main Street Approach – Organization, Promotion, Economic Restructuring and Design. Panels of outside judges for each point review the entries and determine the winners.

The Community of the Year Award will recognize the Main Street Community who led other towns by earning the most quality assurance points during the 2010 calendar year. 

The top 10 communities (in alphabetical order) include: Altus, Laverne, Muskogee, Newkirk, Okmulgee, Pauls Valley, Ponca City, Prague, Sulphur, and Woodward. The top community will be announced at the banquet.

In addition, the top Main Street program managers will be recognized at the banquet. Those making the top three this year include Lindy Chambers, Main Street Enid, Inc., Carol Ervin, McAlester Main Street Association, and Jayne Detten, Ponca City Main Street. 

The dinner and program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from your local Main Street Program for $38 if purchased before March 30. After that date tickets will be $40.

For more information about the Oklahoma Main Street Program, please call (405) 815-5271 or visit www.OKcommerce.gov/mainstreet.