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Snow Hill Gains Maryland Main Street Affiliate Designation

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SNOW HILL, Md.- A new program is helping to shape up Snow Hill. Snow Hill has been named a "Main Street Maryland Affiliate" by the state. The designation is a way for smaller communities to benefit in bigger ways through various revitalization programs. 

Snow Hill is now one of five municipalities to have the affiliate designation. Town officials said it's a stepping stone for the small town to put itself in a position to be awarded grant money to do more revitalization to the area. 

The hope is to have Snow Hill named a Maryland Main Street Community. Snow Hill's Economic Development Coordinator, Michael Day calls it a bit of a courtship. 

Day said, "It does not bring money into the town, no grants but it does help us with the state grants, with making us look very good."

Day said, the affiliate program is geared towards shaping the town to be a top pick when they apply for the main street program. Suzanne Timmons owns Sassy Girl Boutique downtown. Timmons said she's a big fan of the program.

"Well to be quiet blunt, it's kept me here. I had decided a few years ago that I had probably met my potential in Snow Hill. I decided that I needed to at least expand to another location, keeping the store here mind you, but I would probably consider going somewhere else where there was just a better traffic flow," Timmons said. 

Day said he's seen other small towns thrive from the program. Day said he hopes Snow Hill can follow suit. Day said the affiliate program gives towns a redevelopment blueprint for success. 

Day said the town plans to work through the program for about two years before applying to the Main Street Program.

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