Main Street Oakland County to award 27 honors at celebration

Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) will honor several local communities and individuals for helping improve Oakland County downtowns during its Main Event dinner Friday at Glen Oaks Clubhouse in Farmington Hills. The celebration will mark the close of the 10th anniversary festivities for Main Street Oakland County.

Main Street is a trademarked program of the National Main Street Center in Washington, D.C. Farmington, Ferndale, Franklin, Highland, Holly, Lake Orion, Ortonville, Oxford, Pontiac, Rochester and Walled Lake are MSOC communities. Berkley, Clarkston, Clawson, Hazel Park, Leonard, South Lyon and Waterford participate in the mentoring program.

Awards will be given out for outstanding organization, promotion, design, economic restructuring as well as special achievement awards. The winners were chosen by a panel of architects, developers and historic preservation experts.

Oakland County was the first county in the United States to operate a full-fledged county-wide Main Street program for the 32 distinct, historic downtowns in Oakland County. The county program was formed in 2000. For more information, see the MSOC website, www.mainstreetoaklandcounty.com.

Published: Fri, Mar 4, 2011