The best in public-private partnerships, innovation, downtown events, adaptive reuse, historic rehabilitation and more won recognition this week at the N.C. Main Street and Small Town Main Street Awards Ceremony held in Clayton. "These award-winning projects have made a significant difference to their communities, bringing new jobs, new activities, businesses, and new investment to their Main Street and Small Town Main Street communities," said Liz Parham, director of N.C. Main Street and Rural Planning Center at the Department of Commerce. The group presented 19 awards in categories recognizing organizations, promotion, and design. The Main Street program helps small towns rev up their central business districts with a focus on historic preservation and unique character. A press release details this year's winners.