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Batavia MainStreet takes home awards

Published: Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

BATAVIA – Batavia MainStreet has been awarded Lieutenant Governor Awards of Excellence in Revitalization in the categories of Design, Promotion and Economic Restructuring.

Earlier this month, Quincy played host to the 2012 annual Illinois Main Street State Conference.

“I am honored to be representing Batavia and all the hard work of the MainStreet committees,” Joi Cuartero, executive director of Batavia MainStreet, said in a news release. “There is so much for Batavia to be proud of, and we have great people who step up to implement these award-winning programs here at MainStreet.”

Batavia MainStreet won in design for its downtown planters, where the awarding committee noted the community and business involvement of the program. For the program, the Association for Individual Development was given a “Green Thumb” workshop by Shady Hill Gardens and was recruited to maintain the planters, while Batavia Enterprises was contracted to set up a regular watering schedule.

Batavia MainStreet won in promotion for its community garden. The awarding committee noted the volume of volunteers, the educational impact and that the production of the garden goes back to the community through distribution at the local food pantry. The garden is host to a group of volunteers each Saturday who come out to plant, weed, water, harvest and work the garden.

As a result, the community garden provides an education to those who volunteer on the how-to’s of a vegetable garden.

The final award Batavia MainStreet won was in Economic Restructuring for its real estate broker tour. The awarding committee noted the ability to target a captive audience to talk about Batavia programs and incentives to brokers, property owners and possible new businesses.

The broker tour is put on in partnership with the city of Batavia and the Batavia Chamber of Commerce.

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