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The city of Durant received some good news this week. Durant was named one of 10 finalists for the online business makeover show “Small Business Revolution – Main Street.” As satisfying as receiving that news was, we need to remember that we are only partway through the process. Let’s see where we’ve been.
It all started last October when Durant Main Street Executive Director Stephanie Gardner sent in an application. That sounds simple, but there were literally at least 11,999 other applicants. Whatever Gardner put in that application got the attention of the show’s producers. They chose 20 cities to compete for the spot on the show’s fourth season and Durant was one of them.
Then, the people of Durant stepped up to the plate sending a blizzard of social media posts showing the world what is right with their city. Frankly, that came at just the right time, and not just for the television program. The political situation in Durant was being driven by people who see the glass as half empty. It was nice to be reminded that there is more to Durant than potholes and sales taxes.
Last Tuesday, a group of Durant’s biggest boosters almost got raucous when it was announced that the city had been named one of the top 10 finalists in the competition. The daily posts had paid off. Not only did the show’s producers see a reason to keep Durant in the mix, but state leaders put in a good word for us as well. Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell gave our town a pat on the back and Gov. Mary Fallin declared Durant an Oklahoma success story.
All this is nice, but there’s no time to rest on our laurels. There is still much work to be done.
Durant Main Street is hosting a community forum at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center and Library Monday night at 6 p.m. to discuss how we got to this point, what to expect next and how to ensure continued success.
This is definitely something Durant can accomplish. But we have to keep moving. There are nine other towns with people who love their homes and businesses as much as we do. Let’s keep moving forward Durant.