Better Block Middlesborough wins national competition

Special to the Daily News

September 27, 2013

Better Block Middlesborough won $500 in the CommunityMatters Successful Communities Contest.

CommunityMatters asked people to come together, listen to their free conference call on the Secrets to Successful Communities with Ed McMahon of the Urban Land Institute, then decide on a completely achievable action for making their community more successful.

The Orton Family Foundation sponsored the contest by offering $500 to four communities that developed an idea or strategy for success. The Orton Family Foundation works to build vibrant, enduring communities in the Northeast and Rocky Mountain West.

Better Block Middlesborough was chosen from among 16 entrants in the competition for the unique way it is helping address community challenges and build a more vibrant future.

“We are thrilled to have been the top vote getter nationally and to have received such strong support from our members, partners, and friends,” said Discover Downtown Middlesboro Director Isaac Kremer. “As encouraging as this win is, we’re excited to show real results for the downtown one month from now.”

DDM plans to use temporary demonstrations to test pop-up businesses, transform vacant lots, set up public seating in high traffic areas and install signs that highlight future improvements.

The two-day Better Block-style demonstration project will bring neighbors together to experience and envision the great potential for downtown.