In recent years, MSF capitalized on its successes with the establishment of a façade and sign grant program which has transformed the city’s architectural landscape. MSF also has partnered with other local organizations to strengthen support for complementary programs.
Main Street Fairmont has a solid relationship with many local and statewide community agencies dedicated to revitalizing different aspects of West Virginia’s landscape. Main Street Fairmont has also lead the charge to nominate Fairmont as a Preserve America community. This nationwide program is a White House sponsored initiative and recognizes communities that are promoting historic preservation and local history. Fairmont was named the 500th Preserve America community which allowed Fairmont’s history partners to access grant funding.
Main Street West Virginia’s annual awards ceremony has honored MSF over the last several years with the outstanding Design, Promotion, Organization and Economic Restructuring Committee awards. Additionally, Main Street West Virginia bestowed our group with numerous special project awards, recognizing MSF as an organization dedicated to its community. Perhaps the most telling example of our work was the recognition by the National Trust for Historic Preservation of Main Street Fairmont as a Great American Main Street Community. Our work to revitalize Fairmont is making national headlines and although the process is incremental, our organization is leading the charge to make Fairmont a great place to live, work and play!
The city of Fairmont is ripe for growth for both commercial and residential development. By encouraging new investment in the Southside, Eastside, Downtown and the Riverfront areas, the economic tax base will increase, quality affordable housing will be available and the city center will again become a vibrant part of the community.