Here are just a few of the honors that Discover Downtown Middlesboro and our staff have received through the years.
Local Foods, Local Places - WINNER (2016)
Local Foods, Local Places helps people create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant neighborhoods through the development of local food systems. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), EPA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), with support from the White House Rural Council.
Middlesboro was one of 27 communities in the US to receive technical assistance and funding to implement plans to put local foods at the center of our revitalization efforts.
Keep up with our Local Foods project here.
Levitt AMP [Your City] - WINNER (2016)
Middlesboro was one of 15 communities nationally to win the Levitt AMP [Your City] contest held by Levitt Pavilions - the largest producer of free music concerts in the U.S.
Keep up with our Levitt AMP Middlesboro Music Series here.
Levitt AMP [Your City] - WINNER (2015)
Middlesboro was one of 10 communities nationally to win the Levitt AMP [Your City] contest held by Levitt Pavilions - the largest producer of free music concerts in the U.S.
Discover Downtown Middlesboro will transform a centrally located vacant gravel lot on Cumberland Avenue into a gathering space, using the Levitt AMP [Middlesboro] Music Series to bring residents together and augment the city’s community-driven revitalization of downtown.
One to Watch (2014)
Great American Main Street Award - SEMIFINALIST (2014)
In March 2014 we were one of ten communities nationally recognized as a Great American Main Street Award semifinalists. This review of our program was provided:
Boasting a wildly popular Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival, a wacky Ducky Dash race, and a grooving Dancing in the Street event, Middlesborough, Kentucky knows how to have a good time. But this lively town has not had it easy. Devastated by the loss of the coal industry, the local Main Street Program Discover Downtown Middlesboro, Inc. has worked tirelessly to re-energize the downtown with new business and job creation in an area where unemployment rates hit double figures. In the last year alone, 13 new businesses opened, 100 new jobs were added, and membership, sponsorship, and fundraising programs are at record levels. Future goals include continued restoration of historic buildings and creating a trail system to connect the downtown with the Cumberland Gap National Park.
Nationally Certified Kentucky Main Street Program (2014)
Economic Restructuring Initiative Award, Better Block Middlesborough (2013)
Volunteer Award, Presented to Jay Shoffner (2013)
Designated Kentucky Main Street Program (2013)
CommunityMatters Successful Communities Contest - WINNER (2013)
In September 2013 we won the national Successful Communities Contest for comining up with one completely achievable action for making our community more successful. In online voting, Middlesborough was the top vote getter and won a prize of $500 from the Orton Family Foundation.