Main Street Alabama celebrated program successes at the fourth annual Awards of Excellence, honoring the most impactful projects and individuals who create jobs and preserve character in communities across the state.
Birmingham projects received three honors during the August 22 ceremony at Florence’s Sweetwater Depot. Gilmer Drug Company, a pharmacy downtown Ensley and a REV Birmingham Urban Food Project client, earned a Community Award. REV Birmingham won awards for “Excellence in Volunteer Development” for its Clean & Clear 5 Points South project and for “Excellence in Business Development” for its REVeal Kitchen business accelerator in the Pizitz Food Hall.
Main Street Alabama’s President and State Coordinator, Mary Helmer, honored a total of 50 projects and individuals. “It’s an honor to recognize these outstanding community projects, leaders and volunteers,” said Helmer. “Today’s award winners represent the most innovative downtown revitalization projects in our Main Street Alabama communities. These projects are truly charting new territory in downtown revitalization in Alabama. The effort and leadership it takes to move these projects from concept through completion is tremendous and we are thrilled to acknowledge such achievements.”
After opening Chocolatà Artisanal Chocolatier in 2017, Kathy D’Agostino has enjoyed watching the once quiet streets of downtown Birmingham come back to life. REV sat down with her to learn more about how she landed here, where she thinks the city is heading, and why Chocolata believes in Birmingham.