Pontiac Downtown Business Association Recognized for 2012 Accomplishments
The Pontiac Downtown BusinessAssociation (PDBA)is a private sector, not-for-profit group of volunteers representing the businesses and residential community of Pontiac’s Downtown area. The Main Street Program is a national affiliation in which Oakland County has the only county level representation. This year Downtown Pontiac’s PDBA became a certified Main Street Program under the guidance of its Board of Directors, Committee Chairs, and President Glen Konopaskie.
The Main Event is an annual awards program put together by Main Street Oakland County. The Main Street program focuses on the revitalization of municipal downtown areas through economic development and historic preservation in over 2,000 cities and 46 states throughout the United States. This years Oakland County Main Street awards program saw high praise for Pontiac’s Downtown, shown by seven awards being given to the Board of Directors, businesses and one individual. Last year the PDBA was honored with the Guts and Diplomacy award for recognition of the organization’s ability to navigate and collaborate with the City’s civic and private leaders to begin to rejuvenate the Downtown economy. This years most notable award given to the Pontiac Downtown Business Association was the Leadership & Integrity award. Glen Konopaskie, PDBA President and current MainStreet Director is quoted as saying, “The recognition for the high roads the group hastaken to help lead the revitalization of the city and the Downtown’s come back was celebrated.”
In total, there were seven awards given to entities in the Pontiac Downtown area:
• Leadership and Integrity – awarded to the Pontiac Downtown Business Association Board of Directors
• Outstanding Signage – awarded to Lafayette Market, West Construction
• Outstanding Adaptive Use of a Building – awarded to Lafayette Lofts, TDG Architects
• Corporate Responsibility and Community Support – awarded to Future Help Designs & SCORE
• Best Work Plans / Action Plans – awarded to Pontiac Downtown Business Association MainStreet
• Most Volunteer Hours – awarded to Glen Konopaskie
• Spirit Award – awarded to Pontiac Downtown Business Association Main Street
The Main Event was held at the beautiful Royal Oak Music Theater this past Friday night, March 8th. Attendees included several downtown community members from Pontiac plus over a dozen other communities.
The City of Pontiac and the Pontiac Downtown Business Association have jointly crafteda partnership that is bringing back the economic core of the city. In 2012, significant changes occurred including financial re-investment, increased occupancy of both business andresidential units downtown, and a renewal of spirit that has become contagious. Robert Karazim,one of the PDBA’s Directors summed it up best when he said, “Listen! You can hear theheartbeat of the city returning.”
Glen Konopaskie, PresidentPontiac Downtown Business AssociationPontiac Main Street Program
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