DAVIDSON – The Town of Davidson was presented the 2013 Great Places Award on May 28 by the American Planning Association for its Main Street.

Davidson was one of seven “Great Places” in North Carolina recognized for its vitality and local partnerships that make each place a focal point for community life.

Kate Pearce, co-chair for the 2013 Great Places in North Carolina Initiative, said the program was launched last year to celebrate great places in the state.

“We know creating a successful main street doesn’t happen over night,” Pearce said. “It really takes developing a vision, dedicating resources and working with the community to make sure all these things happen. We looked at all the applicants across the state and Davidson really rose to the top. It’s an example of what a great main street can be.”

Pearce said Davidson was chosen not only for its buildings along Main Street, but also for its programming, way-finding and “dedication to preserving what you have and enhancing it with all the work you’ve done around it.”

“We are honored to receive this award,” Davidson Mayor John Woods said. “Our historic Main Street and downtown area offer our citizens a great place to see one another, stroll, shop and dine. I’m a big history buff, so I enjoy looking at photos of how our Main Street has evolved over time, but also remains the same.”

The 2013 Great Places in North Carolina are:

• In the Mountains: Blowing Rock’s Main Street.

• In the Piedmont: Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street and Davidson’s Main Street.

• In the Coastal Plain: Fayetteville’s Hay Street.

• Great Place in the Making: Elkin’s Main Street.

• People’s Choice for Great Main Street: Concord’s Union Street.

• People’s Choice for Great Neighborhood for Kids: Clayton’s Riverwood neighborhood

Davidson will be recognized again at the N.C. Chapter of the American Planning Association Conference September 18-20 in Winston-Salem.

For more information and photos of each of the 2013 “Great Places” visit www.greatplacesnc.org.