STANFORD - Stanford and Harrodsburg now have certified champions working to keep their downtown areas at their best.
Mary Middleton, Stanford's Main Street Program director, was awarded her manager's certification Wednesday during a Kentucky Main Street Program conference at Centre College.
Middleton joined a group of 20 managers receiving certification, including Amy Sparrow of Harrodsburg.
Sparrow, a class spokesman, encouraged conference attendees during her speech to stop in Harrodsburg for an afternoon margarita. A shameless plug, she admitted, but a Main Street manager is never off the clock.
Sparrow and Middleton began the certification process several years ago.
The program included four tests in the area of design, organization, promotion and economic restructuring.
"It wasn't an easy task," Middleton said. "It prepares us. It also prepares us to be good Main Street managers. I feel like I have the tools to accomplish our goals and challenges of our downtown."