Michelle Mann

Some stories are meant to be shared and I do believe this is one of them.

The June 3 headline announcing that Enterprise had been selected as a Main Street Designated City was followed by headlines announcing a citywide kickoff celebration at the Farmers Market June 24.

The kickoff celebration marked the official beginning of Enterprise’s partnership with the nonprofit statewide organization that fosters public-private partnerships and strategies that create jobs, attract visitors and spur growth in the city’s via the historic downtown.

Having reported on the city involvement from the first time then Downtown Enterprise Business Association President Debbie Gaydos introduced the Main Street concept to the city council at a work session, I realize that the story behind the headlines is a story worth sharing.

To borrow from the late great radio broadcaster Paul Harvey, here is the rest of the story.

The words “team effort” were used a lot after Enterprise’s successful first-time bid for the designation and that is the truth.

When Tammy Doerer was hired as the city’s tourism director, she hit the ground running with the city council’s directive to research the feasibility of Main Street for the City of Progress.

After receiving the “green light” from the city council, Doerer will be the first one to tell you she reached out everywhere.

Involving city departments, economic development folks, Realtors, merchants from throughout the city and the local theatrical entertainment venue, compiling the application was truly the coming together of people who took the initiative to move forward. Some say it was a five month application process but it was a process that began some two years before the application deadline.

The City of Progress is known for its tenacity and that collective personality trait is being celebrated this year with the 100th birthday of the Boll Weevil Monument.

Representing the town’s triumph over devastation caused by the evil weevil, the monument in the center of Main Street represents the determination and willingness to embrace new ideas that ultimately put Enterprise on a new path to prosperity. Enterprise proved that it was possible in the face of disaster to transform an economy completely.

The citizens of Enterprise dedicated the monument in 1919 “in profound appreciation of the Boll Weevil and what it has done as the herald of prosperity.”

One hundred years later, what was at one point a vision to bring the spirit of Enterprise to the next level has become a reality. This week’s issue of The Southeast Sun includes the third segment highlighting the multi-faceted, multi-talented determined team that achieved that success.

Some stories are meant to be shared. We are privileged to be able to tell them.

Now you know the rest of the story.

Michelle Mann is a staff writer for The Southeast Sun and Daleville Sun-Courier. The opinions of this writer are her own and not the opinion of the paper. She can be reached at (334) 393-2969 or by email at mmann@southeastsun.com.

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