Awards

Great American Mainstreet Award

Main Street Morgantown is the most decorated Main Street in West Virginia, with local, state, and national awards ranging from the “Spirit of West Virginia Award” to the “Governor’s Main Street Award” to the “Great American Main Street Award,” respectively. Below is a list of the achievements for which MSM has received recognition.

2014: MSM receives West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's "Certificate of Recognition" for "30 years of outstanding service dedicated to continued revitalization of downtown Morgantown and the Historic Wharf District" & a proclamation from the City of Morgantown honoring Main Street Morgantown on our 30th anniversary.

January 24, 2014: MSM celebrates its 30th anniversary

2013: MSM is awarded West Virginia’s Tourism Star of Industry” & Preservation Alliance of West Virginia’s “Downtown Preservation Award

2012: MSM is awarded West Virginia’s “Outstanding Education Award”

2011: MSM is awarded West Virginia’s Governor's Main Street Award” & “Outstanding Education Award”

2010: MSM is awarded West Virginia’s “Governor's Main Street Award” & “Outstanding Education Award” & received an honorable mention for the “Economic Restructuring Innovation Award”

2009: MSM is awarded West Virginia’s “Outstanding Education Award”

2007: MSM is awarded West Virginia’s “Specific Project Award,” “Outstanding Organization Committee,” “Outstanding Economic Restructuring Committee,” “Outstanding Education Award” & “Best Interior Rehabilitation” for the Dairy Queen Building & classified as one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations

2006: MSM is awarded West Virginia’s “Specific Project Award,” “Outstanding Economic Restructuring Committee,” “Outstanding Education Award” & “Best Exterior Rehabilitation”

2005: MSM is awarded "Outstanding Design Committee" & West Virginia’s Stars of Industry “Spirit of West Virginia Award” for the Historic Audio Walking Tour

2004: MSM is awarded West Virginia’s “Outstanding Economic Restructuring Committee,” “Outstanding Design Committee,” “Continuing Education Award,” “Specific Project Award” for the Audio Historic Walking Tour, “Program Manager/Executive Director of the Year” for Terri Cutright & “Main Street Manager of the Year

2003: MSM is awarded West Virginia’s “Outstanding Organization Committee,” “Outstanding Economic Restructuring Committee,” “Program Manager/Executive Director of the Year” for Terri Cutright & “Continuing Education Award”

2002: MSM is awarded West Virginia’s “Exterior Historic Rehabilitation” for the Garlow House, “West Virginia Special Project Award” for the Business Improvement District & “Outstanding Promotion Committee”

2001: MSM is awarded West Virginia’s “Outstanding Promotion Committee,” “Program Manager/Executive Director of the Year” for Terri Cutright & “Best Historic Rehabilitation Interior”

2000: MSM is awarded West Virginia’s “Outstanding Organization Committee,” “Outstanding Historic Interior Rehabilitation” for the Warner Theater, “Outstanding Historic Exterior Rehabilitation” for the I.C. White Building, “Program Manager/Executive Director of the Year” for Terri Cutright & “West Virginia Service Recognition Award” awarded to Executive Director Terri Cutright

1999: MSM is awarded West Virginia’s “Best Special Event” for Kids’ Day, “Best Public Media Coverage” for The Dominion Post, “Best Outreach Efforts,” “Best Interior Rehabilitation” for the Historic Clarion Hotel Morgan, “Best Public Improvement” for the Riverfront Park & Amphitheater, “Most Creative Retail Sales Promotion” for Spirit of Christmas, “Best Economic Restructuring Success,” “Best Public-Private Partnership” & “West Virginia Achievement Award

1998: MSM is awarded West Virginia's "Great American Main Street Award," "Best Image Campaign for Downtown" for the Sir Reginald Ad Campaign, "Best Outreach Effort," "Best Historic Exterior Rehabilitation" for the Morgantown Train Depot, "Best Interior Rehabilitation" for the Morgantown Train Depot, "Most Creative Sales Promotion" for the Christmas Promotion & "West Virginia Achievement Award," "Program Manager/Executive Director of the Year" for Terri Cutright, "Community Partnership Award" for working together in developing the Caperton Trail and the Monongahela Riverfront in downtown Morgantown & Morgantown Convention & Visitors Bureau's "Tourism Award"

1997: MSM is awarded West Virginia's "Best Business Assistance Award," "Best Newsletter," "Best Outreach Effort," "Best Historic Exterior Rehabilitation Project" for the Dering Building, "Best Interior Rehabilitation Project" for the Dering Building, "Program Manager/Executive Director of the Year" for Terri Cutright, "Great American Main Street Awards Honorable Mention" & "West Virginia Achievement Award"

1996: MSM is awarded West Virginia's "Best Work Plan," "Best Business Assistance Award," "Best New Jobs Creation Success," "Best Newsletter," "Program Manager/Executive Director of the Year" for Terri Cutright, "Best Outreach Effort," "Great American Main Street Awards Honorable Mention" & "West Virginia Achievement Award"

1995: MSM is awarded West Virginia's "Best Work Plan," "Best Business Assistance Award," "Best New Jobs Creation Success," "Best Newsletter," "Most Creative Retail Sales Promotion" for Meet Me Downtown… Morgantown, "Best Image Campaign for Downtown," "Great American Main Street Awards Honorable Mention," "Main Street West Virginia Achievement Award" for achieving excellence in bringing new economic vitality and civic energy to West Virginia's downtown districts & "Best Private-Public Partnership" for MSM's partnership with the City of Morgantown

1994: MSM is awarded West Virginia's "Best Public Improvement" for the Wall Street Streetscape Project, "Best Business Climate Improvement" & "Most Creative Retail Sales Event" for the Meet Me Downtown Christmas Promotion

1993: MSM is awarded West Virginia's "Best Economic Restructuring Story," "Best Private-Public Partnership" for partnership with the City of Morgantown Parking Authority & "Most Creative Retail Sales Event" for the Cruise the Bahamas Christmas Promotion & Morgantown Chamber of Commerce's "Non-Profit Organization of the Year"

1992: MSM is awarded West Virginia's "Best Image Campaign" for Meet Me Downtown & "Most Creative Retail Sales Promotion" for Do It Downtown

1991: MSM is awarded West Virginia's "Best Public-Private Partnership" for partnership with the City of Morgantown & Monongalia County

January 24, 1984: Main Street Morgantown is established

What's New

October 20th, 2014
Morgantown Power Yoga
Ignite your Heart - A Backbending Workshop
Saturday, October 25th from 12:00 -2:00 p.m.

Join us while we flow through a sequence designed to stretch the front of your body and strengthen the back of your body. Focus your awareness on opening your heart and adding ease to your pose by igniting your core and legs, creating your fullest expression in each pose.
This workshop is open to yogis who would like to gain a deeper understanding of backbending and learn tools to safely add ease and power to their backbends. Empower your practice and dissolve the limiting belief that you are unable to open your heart to the sky.
Cost: $20 for non-members and $15 for members

Basics Flow - every Saturday from 10:00 -11:00 a.m.

Build your practice from a strong foundation. Based on the sequence used in our Power Flow classes, Basics Flow slows down the pace and focuses on alignment, breath and mindfulness. Basic Flow allows beginner students to build confidence and provides an opportunity for students who have been practicing for years to re-connect to their foundation.

www.poweryogamorgantown.com

October 17th, 2014
October 16, 2014

Cutright resigns – Ready for the next chapter

April 3, 1990 was the beginning of a 25-year Main Street Morgantown career for Terri Reed Cutright. That part of her professional career will end on December 31, 2014. Terri’s plans are to begin to fully develop her business services company, Terri Reed Cutright & Associates LLC; specializing in project management, grant development, fundraising, community and downtown revitalization, event planning and additional management and marketing services.

Cutright reflects on projects/programs she is most proud of during her tenure at MSM, “Definitely my favorite project is the recruitment of the Morgantown Farmers’ Market to the downtown and then performing and organizing the fundraising on the $803,000 permanent structure, rest rooms and culinary facility.” To see this well designed venue and the “sense of community” on a Saturday morning makes me know it was a job “well done”. I spent so much personal time and had so much passion for this project that I was quoted as saying “I am committed or should be committed.” This project also taught me numerous professional skills about fundraising, building community consensus and working efficiently with three different city managers, eleven city council members and three Main Street Morgantown Board Presidents over the 7 years it took to complete. Kathy Evans, President of the Morgantown Farmers’ Market Growers, said, “We thank Terri for taking on this project and this rough group of farmers who know very little about promoting themselves. The move to downtown was a great one and wouldn't have happened without her vision”. Other favorite projects are the completion of the High Street Streetscape where she organized and formed (4) Business Improvement Districts (BIDS), a yearly promotional calendar with (6) events that are enjoyed by the community and lastly assisting a large high density housing project on the VFW site (construction begins in 2015). “Building density in a downtown is essential for it to thrive”.

When George Papandreas, MSM Board President was asked about Cutright’s departure he said, “For anyone who has come in contact with MSM over the last 25+ years, Terri Cutright is no stranger. She has brought her contagious optimism, real-world experiences, and true professionalism to not only MSM, but to each and every board or commission she attends. Much of what MSM has become is a reflection of her spirit, dedication, energy and vitality. Although I can only imagine the void that will be left when Terri resigns, I'm sure I speak for my entire board when I wish her only the best in future endeavors, and thank her for making our entire community a better, more interesting, and more caring place to live”. He also pointed out that the Governor Earl Ray Tomblin awarded Terri the Distinguished Mountaineer Award this past June in Charleston at a Main Street West Virginia Awards Presentation.

Cutright says “This is a great year to end my Main Street Morgantown career”. A year that ends with Panera Bread anchoring the top of High Street and the Monongalia County Judicial Center on lower High Street, new exciting restaurants opening, low building vacancy, a large drug/grocery store back in the downtown (CVS), an eclectic mix of small business (yoga studio, juice bar, and boutiques), Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Downtown Visitors Center, and public and private reinvestment totaling $148,414,506.00 over her 25 years of leadership.

The last accomplishment that Cutright noted is the financial stability of Main Street Morgantown. On April 3, 1990, she arrived in the MSM office to discover only $300 in the bank and a vacant office; the furniture had been removed by the donor, as they felt the organization was “going down”. She assumed the role as interim director and told the Board if funds could not be raised she would consider her time as volunteer work for her hometown. It took 6 weeks before she was paid as an employee and today the organization operates with a $300,000 budget.

She credits her professional mentors Dan Boroff and Marca Paparrozi with her success and also counsels interns “Find professional mentors and learn from them while in their company and when you are not say, “How would Dan Boroff handle this situation?”. Cutright looks forward to her new chapter and continued success for downtown Morgantown and downtown Wharf Districts as commercial and community centers in Monongalia County.



October 16th, 2014
M.T. Pockets Theatre in Morgantown presents:
THE UNSEEN October 17, 18 at 8:00 p.m. Written by Craig White and directed by Kevin Ford, it stars Sean Bonnette, Patrick Crogan, and Josh Rocchi.

Two prisoners who are tortured by a totalitarian regime for unknown crimes discover that the arrival of an enigmatic third prisoner changes everything. They begin new relationships with each other, their captors, and themselves.

THE UNSEEN is a darkly humorous examination of faith in an uncertain world. Tickets are $10 for students, $13 for seniors, and $15 for the general public. To find out more information, make reservations, or learn about upcoming shows, visit www.mtpocketstheatre.com or call 304-284-0049.


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Step back into the colorful history of Morgantown with an Audio Walking Tour of the Historic Downtown area. Explore the distinctive, classic architectural styles, the history and individuals that built a thriving community along the banks of the Monongahela River.

The Audio Walking Tour is available at the Historic Clarion Hotel Morgan located at 127 High Street