20 Towns Win Main Street Makeovers
From Joplin, MO to Hilo, HI, 20 communities in Canada and the U.S. have been selected to receive a revitalization package.
The makeover includes exterior painting of downtown businesses along a two- to three-block stretch in each location.
The communities, Benjamin Moore’s 2013 Main Street Matters winners, were selected by nearly half a million votes and an “incredible outpouring of stories, viral videos and passionate pleas” on paintwhatmatters.com, paintwhatmatters.ca and social media sites, according to the Montvale, NJ-based paint maker.
Benjamin Moore announced the winners Monday (July 8).
Throughout the six-week voting period that concluded June 30, more than 130 communities rallied on the websites to generate excitement and votes in hopes of garnering a 2013 selection, the company said.
Officials, citizens and business owners used YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to encourage votes.
For example, a graphic designer from Texarkana created 10 memes and posted them to Facebook to encourage people to vote for Texarkana. The memes were also made into posters and displayed throughout the town.
|JiLs Graphic Design / Facebook|
Citizens and businesses engaged in many efforts to generate votes for their towns, including this meme created by JiLs Graphic Design in Texarkana.
Meanwhile, Ellicott City, MD, and Halifax, Nova Scotia, made comedic YouTube videos to appeal to voters.
“The incredible response is a testament to how strongly people feel for their community and we hope this movement continues to drive support for local businesses as every Main Street has a story,” said David Melancon, chief marketing pfficer of Benjamin Moore & Co.
Main Street Projects
The 2013 Main Street Matters selected towns are:
The makeover projects are set to begin this summer and continue through early 2014, according to Benjamin Moore.
The areas to be painted will be determined jointly with town representatives and residents. Benjamin Moore color experts will consult on color choices.
The company says it will provide all necessary paint, stain and supplies for facades, porches, railings, shutters and other exterior building trims.
Multiple organizations have partnered with the paint maker for the effort including Make It Right. Make It Right, founded by Brad Pitt in 2007, builds healthy homes, buildings and communities for people in need.
|HRMNovaScotia / YouTube|
The Mayor of Halifax, Nova Scotia Mike Savage posted this video comparing himself to Brad Pitt, the founder of Make It Right, an organization involved in the Main Street Matters campaign.
Pitt and his organization helped to promote the Main Street Matters contest, Benjamin Moore said.
Benjamin Moore’s network of independent dealers, local municipalities, small businesses and local Chambers of Commerce will also help to complete the makeover projects.
Benjamin Moore & Co., a Berkshire Hathaway company, was founded in 1883. The company manufactures residential, commercial and industrial maintenance coatings.