Peculiar nominated for downtown revitalization awardsPeculiar nominated for downtown revitalization wards

bbashioum@demo-mo.comJuly 19, 2013 

The Downtown Peculiar Arts and Culture District are in the running for four big awards from Missouri Main Street Connection.

This is the first time DPACD has been nominated for any Missouri Downtown Revitalization awards from the statewide organization.

“To be finalists in all of the categories in which we were nominated when we’ve only been with Missouri Main Street for not quite two years is a great honor,” DPACD President Brenda Conway said. “I’m really proud of our organization and the reputation we’ve been able to achieve at a state level.”

The organization learned of their selection as finalists July 10.

Only two finalists in each categories are chosen from all of the statewide entries. The organization are finalists in the following categories:

“Outstanding Affiliate Community of the Year” award. The DPACD was nominated jointly by the City of Peculiar and the Peculiar Chamber of Commerce.

“Outstanding Public Official” award. Peculiar Mayor Ernie Jungmeyer on the behalf of the city’s entire Board of Aldermen was the DPACD’s pick for the honor. Nominees for this award are required to continually demonstrate effort and support of their local downtown revitalization efforts.

“Stick Out Your Neck” award. The Peculiar Charitable Foundation, under the leadership of Larry and Mary Dobson, was nominated for the award for their gift of the church building to the DPACD and for their ongoing support.

The “Stick Your Neck Out” award recognizes an individual who demonstrated service that goes the extra mile and sticks out their neck in something they believe in, going above and beyond what is expected.

The foundation gave the DPACD the 1908-circa church building and adjoining hall in downtown Peculiar.

“They were the ones who were instrumental in making that transfer of the church, hall and parsonage, from their organization in the city to ours. They then stood behind that even more and pledged grant money for three years so that we could afford to do the upgrades and extend the building’s life,” Brenda Conway said. “That took an enormous amount of faith and forward-thinking to do that, and then to stand behind us to make sure we’re successful in what we do.”

“Outstanding Volunteer of the Year” award. Tim Conway has been selected for his numerous contributions in Peculiar’s downtown revitalization efforts.

“It’s not because he’s my husband, but because Missouri Main Street focuses on the preservation of history and historical preservation,” Brenda Conway said. “There were so many renovations that needed to be done (at the church) because that building had come dangerously close to going past where it could be saved, and because of Tim’s construction background, he’s able to do so many things for that building that we would have to pay for otherwise. He freely gives of his time and a lot of time that he pays his employees to help get things done, and of talent, which would have cost us so much money had he not been willing to do that.”

Winners will be announced Thursday, July 25, at the Missouri Main Street conference in Kansas City.

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