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Wins 2 State Awards
Premier Special Event and
Best Improvement Project
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On Tuesday, April 27th,
2004 the National Cowboy Hall of Fame was the setting for the 15th Annual
Oklahoma Main Street Awards Banquet. Collinsville Downtown, Inc. was present
at the State's most prestigious banquet in Oklahoma City where 39 towns and
urban programs vie for the recognition and honors of Main Street achievements.
Collinsville took first place in two categories. Present to receive
the awards were: State Representative Mike Wilt, Mayor Stan Sallee, City Commisioners,
Gail Rogers and Melodie Bateman, City Manager, Mike Tinker, Mr. And Mrs. George
Sallee, Larry Shafer (American Bank), Stephen Howe (Bank of the Lakes), Julie
Stanley (Board Member of the Year), Nancy Phelps Promotion Chair, Board President
Brad Francis, Board Secretary Mary Risley, Board Member Luann Hennessee, and
Program Director Deborah Berry. All who attended enjoyed the banquet dinner.
The entertainment was excellent. Governor Brad Henry praised the efforts of
the Main Street communities across Oklahoma that are working to revitalize
their towns using the proven methodology of Main Street. Statistics tell the
story and you can find those statistics at the Oklahoma Dept. of Commerce
2004 Best Improvement
This project partnered The City of Collinsville, Collinsville Indian Education
Dept. and students from Wilson Elementary, and Collinsville Downtown, Inc.
to complete a beautification project that made a huge difference in the way
Main Street looks.
City employees painted
the tops of electric and signage poles while Main Street program volunteers
painted the lower (reachable) portions of the poles and signs. Cherokee Nation
Indian Ed. Students and teachers planted seedlings that they had started and
nurtured in public areas at Collinsville Library and Collinsville Downtown,
Inc. This project received Oklahoma Department of Commerces Oklahoma
Main Street 2004 Best Public Improvement Project Award. Thanks to all of those
that took part in this worthwhile and worthy project. It shows and they noticed.
2004 Premier Special
Hogs N Hot Rods Car and Bike Show took top honors statewide as
the number one Main Street event. What happens when volunteers and a Main
Street organization with a plan, work plan that is, work very hard to bring
classic and collector cars and bikes to a community of 4,077? 10,000 plus
people attend and it is recognized as the 2004 Premier Special Event! Not
to mention the half dozen communities (Oklahoma, Louisiana and others that
want copies of those work plans so that they can replicate the success.) Thanks
to all those dedicated volunteers and Collinsville supporters that work so
hard to make this a fun and memorable event.
Governor Henry expressed,
with example, how each individual has the power to impact the progress of
a community or state by focusing and working toward a positive goal. Collinsville
has made great strides in the right direction in the few short years that
we have worked to make changes.
We invite you to attend
the volunteer rally for the third annual Hogs N Hot Rods Car and
Bike Show on May 21, 2004 and welcome you to join in the fun as we invite
others to visit, stroll, and shop our business district. If you want more
information about any of the things in this article, do not hesitate to give
me a call at (918) 371-5530, I would love to tell you whats happening
and where you are needed on Main Street.
Collinsville Downtown, Inc.
(Collinsville Downtown, Inc. Press Release and Photos)
(Board Member of the Year)
Shafer (Collinsville Chamber of Commerce President), Stan Sallee (Collinsville
Mayor-elect) and State Representative Mike Wilt were part of the Collinsville
contingency in Oklahoma City on April 27th.
Stephen Howe, Mary Risley, Mr. And Mrs. George Sallee, Stan Sallee, Mike Tinker,
and Rep. Mike Wilt.
Gail Rogers, Deborah Berry, Julie Stanley, Nancy Phelps, Rep. Mike Wilt, Melodie
Bateman and Mike Tinker.