Monroe Downtown shares 2018 success stories

Video at the end highlights Made in Monroe, winner of the 2018 Business of the Year.

At the annual appreciation event for Downtown Monroe sponsors this week, Sadie Krawczyk, economic development coordinator for the City of Monroe, shared some of the successes achieved last year. As usual, the results were quite impressive – 15 new businesses and three expansions.

Krawczyk also shared the events that took place in Monroe during the year and some the upgrades that contributed to the development that is making Monroe more and more the place to visit and to play as well as the place to call home.

The evening concluded with a presentation of the three traditional annual awards. Volunteer of the Year, which recognizes “outstanding volunteers whose unselfish and dedicated service has made a significant difference in the quality of our downtown experience.” The award this year went to Carole Queen.

Carole Queen, Monroe Downtown 2018 Volunteer of the Year. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

The Gold Hammer Award, which celebrates “thoughtful and creative renovations to downtown buildings that enhance the historic character and aesthetic appeal of the district.” The award this year went to JEC Development for the renovation of the Monroe Mercantile Building.

Jim and James Draper of JEC Development received the Golden Hammer Award at the 2018 Downtown Monroe Awards Ceremony. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

The Business of the Year award recognizes “a downtown business that stands out for their exceptional business practices, community involvement and representation of Monroe,” and the award this year went to Made in Monroe.

Melanie and Scott Dilley received the Business of the Year award from Monroe Downtown for Made in Monroe. Photo Credit: Sharon Swanepoel

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