Jeffersonville gateway arch | Courtesy of Jeffersonville Main Street

By Carolyn Callahan | WLKY

Jeffersonville is one of 25 cities left in the America’s Main Streets contest, which promotes the importance of strong downtowns and the economic impact of small businesses.

“A downtown is really the anchor of your community,” Jeffersonville Main Street executive director Jay Ellis said.

Jeffersonville Main Street is the city’s nonprofit downtown revitalization organization. The nonprofit will receive $25,000 if it wins the contest.

Jeffersonville Main Street executive director Jay Ellis

“We’ll use that to reinvest in downtown Jeffersonville and keep the revitalization going,” Ellis said.

Jeffersonville applied to be a part of the America’s Main Streets contest by touting its mom-and-pop businesses, historic district and overall experience of its downtown area:

“From the 128-year-old Schimpff’s Candy Shop to the addition of new restaurants, boutiques, coffee shops, and brew pubs, downtown Jeffersonville’s business district offers a great mix of independent businesses that attract both local residents and visitors. Every year there are a wide variety of special events that occur in downtown Jeffersonville. The chocolate stroll, wine walks, farmers market, concerts, and outdoor movies are all popular attractions. Tickets sell out fast for the end-of-summer Farm to Table Dinner which takes place outside on a downtown street, featuring locally-sourced food.”

“There’s a countless number of people who have contributed, in some way, either through time, talent or treasure to make downtown Jeffersonville what it is today,” Ellis said.

Voting will continue through May 26 and the winner is announced on June 3.