Thurmont, A Main Street Maryland Community
Thurmont has been named the newest Main Street Maryland community!
Thurmont was one of four Maryland communities to have applied for Main Street designation
this year and is one of the two appointments for 2005. There are now 18 Main Street Communities
in Maryland including the two recent additions of Havre De Grace and Thurmont.
The announcement of the award was made Tuesday afternoon during the
National Main Street Conference in Baltimore. Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele made the
announcement at the Main Street Maryland Awards Luncheon and along with
Secretary of HDCD Victor Hoskins personally presented the award to the Thurmont delegation.
The Thurmont Economic Development Committee, with the help of Jakubiak & Associates of Annapolis has worked for the past 6 months on the Main Street Maryland Application. The application consisted of an in depth inventory of all the properties in the Main Street area, letters of support from local residents and businesses, proclamations of support from the Thurmont Board of Commissioners and The Frederick County Board of Commissioners as well as a plan of action for the creation of the Main Street Organization. Most critical to the application was the support provided to the effort by the Thurmont Board of Commissioners, their commitment to help with funding for the Main Street Administrators position sent a clear message to the State Organization that the Town of Thurmont is committed to the Main Street Program and is a willing partner in this effort. Members of the Thurmont EDC also attended many training seminars in Crownsville and recently made a presentation to the Main Street Maryland staff outlining why Thurmont would make a great Main Street Maryland Community. Mayor Martin Burns accompanied us to the application presentation and spoke very highly of our community involvement and of our Main Street Thurmont ambitions.
The Thurmont Economic Development Committee would like to thank all the residents, business owners and local officials who gave their considerable support to our bid to become a Main Street Community. Special thanks also to Commissioner Bill Blakeslee who spearheaded the application process along with Vickie Grinder and John Kinnaird.