The Leesville Main Street District and those who have invested in it were recognized for their contributions at the recent Louisiana National Trust Luncheon and Awards event in Baton Rouge.


The Leesville Main Street District and those who have invested in it were recognized for their contributions at the recent Louisiana National Trust Luncheon and Awards event in Baton Rouge.
The city of Leesville was recognized for its commitment to the Army Community Heritage Partnership Program. The Army Community Heritage Partnership Program, or ACHHiP as it's called, has as its goal to equip local communities near Army installations, specifically those centered around historic preservation, with economic growth strategies to better serve Army families. Communities that commit to the project are provided an economic development plan through a joint-effort coordinated by the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Privatization and Partnerships and the Main Street Center, associated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Leesville and Fort Polk renewed their commitments to execute ACHHiP in downtown Leesville last fall.
Chuck Dowden, Mike Reese, Ricky Ross and Pat Williams, all local businessmen, were presented the Corporate Award for their preservation efforts in Leesville's main street district.
The Best Adaptive Reuse Award was presented to Dr. Christina Lord for her rehabilitation of the Fertitta Building in downtown Leesville.
John Crook, the 2012 president of the Louisiana Trust, and the executive director of the Vernon Parish Tourism Commission, was also presented an appreciation award for his efforts over the last year in the organization.
The award winners were chosen by a committee for the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation and were singled out for their preservation efforts.