COLUMBUS — Heritage Ohio presented the Volunteer of the Year to DeWayne Williams of Troy, at the annual Preservation and Revitalization Awards ceremony held Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Midland Theatre in Newark.
Williams and his fiancée, Amanda Gibson, own three businesses in downtown Troy, including ALN Senior Care & Home Services, Top Tier DJ Services and Be You Boutique, which opened March 2018. He sees Troy Main Street as a valuable asset to all of the businesses and shows his support through dedicated volunteerism. He serves as Promotions Committee chair and stays at the events from set-up to clean up, including Halloween, cruise-ins, First Fridays, and more. He uses his professional skills to host Troy’s Trivia nights, and has served as a mentor with the Main Street program with the Troy High School entrepreneur classes.
“All of our Main Street programs have outstanding volunteer support,” according to Joyce Barrett, executive director of Heritage Ohio, “Mr. Williams’ contributions stood out as not just a super volunteer, but he is also running multiple businesses in the downtown.”
This year’s Heritage Ohio Annual Preservation and Revitalization Conference was held in Newark on Oct. 22-23, with more than 200 participants learning about best practices in the revitalization and preservation field.
As Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street organization, Heritage Ohio fosters economic development and sustainability through preservation of historic buildings, revitalization of downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, and promotion of local tourism. Learn more by visiting www.heritageohio.org.