Not that I’m competitive or anything but I definitely did a bit of a victory dance when I heard that Ron Burbick and his work with Main Street Kent came out on top of a list of 20 main street communities in Ohio that submitted applications in consideration of the 2009 Spirit of Main Street award. It’s hard not to admire the great work that Ron has done on Main Street in Kent, and it’s terrific that folks outside the community who are experts in what makes downtowns thrive happen to think its the best work done in the name of Main Street anywhere in Ohio. Frankly I’d put it up against anything nationwide but that’s a blog post for another day.
Until then, I’ll savor the moment and appreciate how far Main Street has come in a very short time and raise a toast in Ron’s name. I’m not a betting man but if I was I’d bet that Ron’s not done yet. Being a navy-man at heart I’m guessing that now that he’s got he sea legs under him in the redevelopment business he’ll jump at some more opportunities to continue to be a catalyst for revitalization in our historic downtown, and as he’s proven in spades, when he sets his mind to something he gets it done and done well. I’m already starting the Back-to-Back championship campaign for Ron to win the award again in 2010. Sounds crazy? Perhaps, but I’ve learned never to underestimate Mr. Burbick.