On October 17th, Heritage Ohio named Marietta Main Street Director Cristie Thomas as Main Street Director of the Year at their Annual Awards Ceremony at The Ohio Statehouse. Nominations for each award were submitted from across the state of Ohio and decided by a jury with oversight from Heritage Ohio.

Over 100 distinguished guests gathered to recognize 2017’s award winners in restoration, beautification, and revitalization. While Marietta took home several awards Tuesday night, Marietta Main Street is especially proud to have Cristie Thomas recognized as Director of the Year. Although Cristie has been in her role as Executive Director for less than two years, Marietta Main Street has flourished under her leadership.

Since Cristie’s tenure began in January of 2016, Marietta Main Street has launched an individual giving campaign, hosted more than 125 events, hosted the Small Business Revolution as a top-8 finalist, launched several new programs including the Farmers Market on Front Street and First Fridays, streamlined operations, and much more.

“We are improving tracking systems, we are rethinking the way our meetings are run, and we are strategic with how we move forward,” says Sarah Arnold, Board President for Marietta Main Street. “Because of Cristie, Marietta Main Street is strengthening our foundation for sustained success for years to come.”

The Marietta Main Street that stands today is not the same Main Street of two years ago – with a renewed focus on our mission and in best practices for the revitalization of our historic downtown, Cristie has energized the Board of Directors and the community with her passion, expertise, and care.

“The future of Main Street is bright,” says Cristie. “We still have obstacles to overcome, as any nonprofit organization in transition would, but with a strong vision and willing hands, I know that we can accomplish what we set out to do: revitalize our historic, vibrant downtown.”

In addition to Director of the Year, Marietta Main Street was excited to uplift and celebrate the Marietta Adventure Company for being awarded Main Street Business of the year. Marietta was also recognized as a 2017 Accredited Main Street Association, and awarded a 2017 Scenic Ohio Award by Scenic Ohio.

Marietta Main Street is a downtown revitalization non-profit dedicated to bringing people together to preserve, enhance and enjoy Downtown Marietta. For more information, visit www.mariettamainstreet.org.