Downtown Sanford could become brighter, with help of area residents

May. 26, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

City leaders are counting on area residents to help make downtown Sanford a little brighter.

Downtown Sanford was chosen as the sole North Carolina city to participate in the international Main Street Matters competition, sponsored by paint manufacturer Benjamin Moore. People can vote daily for Sanford and other cities throughout the United States and Canada, and the 20 cities with the most votes by June 30 will receive free paint and paint services for three city blocks.   

Downtown Sanford Inc. Executive Director David Montgomery said the city was more than happy to participate in the competition in hopes of winning the paint services.

"It would be great to win," he said. "It would be a testament to our community. I wouldn't say we are the smallest (city) and there are larger cities that are in the pool, so I think for us to come in the top 20 would be amazing."

There are nearly 100 cities being considered and people are allowed to vote once a day until June 30. To vote, people can visit, click on North Carolina, then Sanford and then click on the paint bucket that says vote.

This is the first year that Benjamin Moore has launched its Main Street Matters initiative, according to a company press release.

"Our Main Streets are the vital hubs of our communities — and Benjamin Moore and our network of independent dealers have always been integral parts of Main Street,” said David Melançon, Chief Marketing Officer of Benjamin Moore. “This investment we’re making in communities around North America is core to our business and to who we are; Main Streets make us who we are and we’re proud to honor that with this effort."

The city plans on making fliers and promoting the competition on social network sites, Montgomery said. 

Sanford Mayor Cornelia Olive said she hopes Sanford is selected and measures up to the expectation of being chosen as a participant.

"I think that it is so much fun to have a competition like this," Olive said. "Because this is a huge opportunity for us to get some sprucing up in downtown. And, everybody ought to vote."

With the Sanford City Council's decision to include improvements to the downtown area in a General Obligation Bond referendum this November, Olive said this would be another asset for the downtown area.

"City Council has made a huge commitment to revitalize  downtown with our streetscape bond so the evidence is there," Olive said. "We are looking into the future as to what we want Sanford to be and we just hope others feel the same way."

The winners of the competition will be announced in July.


Want to Help?

Vote to help downtown Sanford receive free paint and paint services for three city blocks

* Visit

* Choose NC, then Sanford

* Click on the paint bucket

* Vote daily until June 30