Main Street SC, Downtown Service Award winner, Jennie Lee
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Main Street South Carolina has recognized Jennie Lee with the 2015 Main Street South Carolina Downtown Service Award at the Municipal Association's Annual Meeting on July 18. Lee was nominated by Main Street Manning. Main Street South Carolina is a program of the Municipal Association of South Carolina.

The award recognizes an elected official, appointed public official, resident or organization who contributes leadership, vision and support to downtown revitalization efforts beyond the normal call of duty.

Jennie Lee, owner of the Merle Norman franchise in Manning, is devoted to her business, the City of Manning, Main Street Manning and the youth of Clarendon County. She participates in all Main Street Manning events and has served on the board since 2010, currently as chair of the Economic Restructuring Committee.

Not only does Lee support Main Street Manning, but she also supports other local businesses by partnering with them for promotions. Her store has also become a "mini-incubator" by selling products from local designers who don't have a storefront.

Lee is the cofounder of Youth on Main Street, a program that encourages high school students to return to Manning after college and become leaders in the community. Lee and other team leaders educate the teenagers about city government and the social, economic and volunteer opportunities in the community—all in a fun-filled environment.

"Through her business decisions and actions, she has strengthened the mission of Main Street Manning by being an example for other committee members and merchants to emulate," said Beppie LeGrand, Main Street SC manager.

Main Street South Carolina empowers residents, business owners and local officials with the knowledge, skills, tools and organizational structure necessary to revitalize their downtowns, neighborhood commercial districts and cities and towns into vibrant centers of commerce and community.

Main Street South Carolina follows the National Main Street's Four Point Approach – Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Restructuring. Each year, Main Street South Carolina recognizes members" achievements and successes in downtown revitalization. For more information about Main Street South Carolina, visit the Municipal Association's website at