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      Texas First Lady inducts Childress main street

      Anita Perry joined the Texas First Lady's Main Street Tour on their stop in Childress Thursday morning.

      The Texas Main Street Center, in conjunction with the Independent Banker's Association, presented the small town with the honor of 2013 Texas Main Street City.

      Since 1981, the Texas First Lady has been invited to tour the newly inducted towns of the program. Main Street has provided over $2.6 billion on reinvestment funds on more than 80 participating communities. It has also led to the creation of 28,000 jobs, and more than 7,400 new business across the state.

      Childress isn't the only town recently honored with the renovation.

      "Childress is a designated 2013 Main Street. Today, we're honoring 3 main cities, Childress is the first, and then San Augustine, and Cuero," said Perry.

      Texas Main Street Cities works with communities around the state to help boost the economy and preserve local history. "The Main Street Program is a downtown revitalization program, that's really based in historic preservation," said Executive Director of Texas Historical Commission Mark Wolfe. "It recognizes each community is unique in and of itself, and each community has it's own unique resources."

      The program also helps the cities with reconstruction. "They do rendering, architectural renderings, and will come in and actually help you get those buildings back into a more presentable place then they were before. It brings jobs. It brings money into the community," said Perry.

      T he people of Childress are excited for the new opportunities the induction will bring. "To be able to have the new downtown program is going to be wonderful for our community, and having Mrs.. Perry here was really an uplifting thing for our community," said Childress resident Jaylyn Engle.

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