Berryville Main Street and the town of Berryville were presented with a Virginia Main Street Milestone Achievement Awards on March 19.
The awards recognized more than 25,000 volunteer hours given to the revitalization of the downtown and the creation of an environment that has encouraged more than $25 million in private investment in the town's historic commercial district. The awards were presented at Richmond's historic Hippodrome Theater.
The ceremony focused on the results of Main Street efforts, and Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Maurice Jones, spoke to the audience of nearly 90 downtown revitalization volunteers and professionals from around the state about the visible results of their hard work, said a press release from Berryville Main Street.
The release quoted Bill Shelton, director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, saying, "In the last five years, designated Main Street communities have sparked more than $217 million in private investment in their districts."
"As a result, last year, there was a net collective gain of 453 jobs across the 25 Main Street downtown districts," he said.
Other area communities recognized for excellence were Winchester, Luray and Harrisonburg.
The Virginia Main Street program, managed by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, provides assistance and training to help communities increase the economic vitality of their downtown commercial districts.