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Main Street Manager of Year Award: Crampton


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Joyce Barrett

June 17, 2010

Mary Anne Crampton wins “Main Street Manager of the Year” Award at Heritage Ohio’s Annual Awards Ceremony

Athens, OHIO–Heritage Ohio awarded the “Main Street Manager of the Year” to Mary Anne Crampton of Lakewood, Ohio. Ms. Crampton accepted the award Thursday, June 17th at Heritage Ohio’s Annual Preservation and Revitalization Awards Ceremony held at the Baker Center on the campus of Ohio University. The Awards Ceremony is held in conjunction with Heritage Ohio’s Statewide Conference.

Mary Anne Crampton was hired as the Executive Director of Lakewood Community Progress, Inc. (LCPI) in June, 2008. With a background in the private sector and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Case Western Reserve University, Ms. Crampton was involved in the citizen-based Lakewood Alive since its inception. Although Lakewood was accepted as a Main Street™ community in 2005, under Ms. Crampton’s leadership, LakewoodAlive received national accreditation by the National Main Street Center in February, 2009 and again in March, 2010.

Some of Mary Anne’s accomplishments include:

Recruiting new volunteers, in 2009, an estimated 4,762 hours, valued at $96,430, were logged by volunteers.

Organizing the following events
 Lakewood Alive & Well Streetwalk
 Spooky Pooch Parade
 Lakewood Chocolate Walk
 Light-Up Lakewood
 Downtown Lakewood pARTy
 Holiday Happy Hours
 Outdoor concerts

Working with the City of Lakewood Planning and Development Department to create “guiding principles for new design guidelines” for the downtown commercial district.

Working with a subcommittee to complete the design of a new wayfinding and signage system .

Downtown Lakewood Blossoms flower boxes

Graffiti removal and litter control

Starting the process of becoming nationally recognized historic district.

More than $6 million was reinvested in the downtown district in 2009, culminating with the opening of four new dining establishments (Panera Bread, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Two Dads Diner and Root Café) which represent more than 50 new full-time jobs.

Finally, LakewoodAlive and the city of Lakewood were jointly recognized with an Economic Impact Award from Team NEO in June, 2009 for their work in attracting Wholesome Development headquarters to Lakewood.

Mary Anne Crampton is an exceptional Main Street™ Manager who enthusiastically embraces the Main Street™ Four-Point approach to further the mission of LakewoodAlive. Her vision, communication skills and hard work make her uniquely qualified to be Heritage Ohio’s Main Street™ Manager of the Year.

“All the communities, organizations and individuals receiving awards today have demonstrated a local commitment to sustaining and growing the preservation and revitalization movement. Ohioans are concerned about the future of their heritage,” stated W. Kevin Pape, Board Chair of Heritage Ohio. Added Pape, “The inspiration these award winners provide to other communities will pay dividends far into the future.”

More than 20 communities, organizations and individuals submitted nominations for consideration. The awards recognize the numerous preservation and revitalization accomplishments of downtowns and neighborhoods across the state. The Selection Committee reported an increased level of quality in nominations, awarding 9 categories at this year's event.

Heritage Ohio is the statewide, not-for-profit preservation organization, dedicated to encouraging and assisting people and organizations to protect, preserve and revitalize Ohio’s heritage. Formed in 1989, Heritage Ohio has more than 500 members ranging from individuals and households to organizations and local governments. In 2002, Heritage Ohio was designated as the statewide partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Heritage Ohio encourages the development, redevelopment and improvement of downtown and neighborhood commercial districts. Heritage Ohio works as a catalyst for downtown development by bringing together downtown organizations, conducting statewide seminars and conferences and providing a network to share knowledge, common experiences and challenges concerning downtowns. Learn more at

Heritage Ohio has received support from the Ohio Department of Development’s Office of Housing and Community Partnerships, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, and many Ohio corporations.


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