PRO ON TRAC, along with Main Street and ON TRAC programs from all over West Virginia, gathered in Charleston yesterday evening for the Governor's Main Street and ON TRAC Awards. First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin and State Secretary of Commerce Keith Burdette joined in the ceremony. It was a chance to celebrate "heroes on Main Street," the volunteers who work hard to help their towns thrive.
Downtowns, Burdette said, are "one of the first things a new company looks at to see if there’s life in a community; to see how much vigor is in a community.”
“These communities that are part of Main Street and ON TRAC have financially and organizationally committed to making improvements in their downtown, to make them more livable, more attractive and more enticing to visitors,” Burdette said.
On trac implementation award
Parsons received a $2000 grant award to implement two projects: Let's Paint the Town, a façade improvement program, and Get Parsons Moving, an effort to create opportunities for physical activity and recreation along the riverfront.
Volunteer of the year
Jimmy Judy was recognized as Parsons ON TRAC Volunteer of the Year.
Jimmy Judy, the chairman of PRO ON TRAC, is a true leader by example. Wherever there is work to do—whether it’s clearing debris, patching a roof, restoring a tin ceiling or fixing a leaky pipe—he is there, getting it done. This year he has led the effort to save a 1903 building on our main street; last year he helped to preserve the historic building next door. After decades of hard times, downtown Parsons is finally getting back on its feet, and it could not have happened without Jimmy. He is fiercely committed to helping Parsons thrive. Over his 14 years working with the Parsons Revitalization Organization and, more recently, ON TRAC, he has helped to bring multiple businesses into town and has brought together a team of committed volunteers with diverse talents.
Jimmy is generous with his time and energy in a way that goes far beyond ON TRAC, and even beyond West Virginia. He often travels to Bolivia to help with building projects for an orphanage in Sucre. Closer to home, he works with mission youth from Burke Community Church to do home repairs for local people with limited mobility. Jimmy’s encouraging spirit, his determination, and his willingness to jump in whenever help is needed make him a great chairman and an incredible volunteer.