Monroe Main Street Coordinator Leigh Ann Walker, left, and Economic Development Specialist Sadie Krawczyk, center, accept the award for Downtown of the Year from Becky Smyth, president of the Georgia Downtown Association and parking services manager for the Rome Downtown Development Authority.

Congratulations to Sadie Krawczyk and Leigh Ann Walker for another well-deserved honor.

The Outstanding Community Transformation and Downtown of the Year awards went to Monroe, and Economic Development Specialist Kraw­czyk and Main Street Coordinator Walker collected the awards at the recent Georgia Downtown Association conference.

The GDA notes the creation of 132 new jobs downtown since 2015. We’ve also seen the Farm to Table Dinner on Court Street (Creative New Event Award winner) and exciting private investment. Monroe’s downtown has become a destination, rather than an eyesore.

“People … just hear our little town is great,” DDA Chairwoman Lisa Anderson said.

They hear correctly.

Our View is the opinion of the Walton Tribune editorial board, which includes Owner Patrick Graham and Editor and Publisher David Clemons.

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