Marie Land wins the 2013 Main Street South Carolina Downtown Service Award
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Marie Land was awarded the 2013 Main Street South Carolina Downtown Service Award at the Municipal Association's 73rd Annual Meeting on July 20. Land 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.
Land's determination and tenacity set her apart from other downtown supporters. She has been a driving force behind downtown revitalization in Manning for many years, serving as chair of Main Street Manning since its inception four years ago. When she is not presiding over a board meeting, she does not mind getting her hands dirty by planting, pruning and decorating downtown.
She is a long-time advocate of historic preservation and was instrumental in rehabbing a historic livery stable to turn it into the family's law office.  Land has spent countless hours on revitalization efforts not only in downtown but also other places in the community such as Weldon Auditorium, the Breedin Garden Room and the Pocotaligo Trail.
"Marie Land is a wonderful ambassador for her hometown and the success that a Main Street program can bring to cities and towns in South Carolina," 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