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Joey Seeber named statewide 'Downtowner of the Year'

At the Texas Downtown Association's Revitalization Conference recently held in Temple, Texas, former Tyler Mayor Joey Seeber was named 2008 Downtowner of the Year for his efforts to spur downtown redevelopment and for the successful completion of the Tyler 21 Downtown Revitalization Plan.

"We are very proud that the Texas Downtown Association selected Joey as the Downtowner of the Year," said Councilmember Chris Simons.  "He has done so much to position Tyler's downtown for success - this is a great way to recognize his work."

The Texas Downtown Association fosters development and revitalization to enhance the economic vitality of Texas downtowns by providing resources, networking opportunities, education and advocacy. 

"The Downtowner of the Year Award recognizes a person who has shown long-time exemplary commitment to the downtown revitalization program though leadership," said Beverly Abell, Tyler Main Street Program director. "Our downtown will be positively impacted for generations to come because of Joey's leadership."

Tyler finalists in other award categories included:

  • Neal and Stephanie Vasso, 320 S. Broadway, Best Adaptive Reuse; and,
  • La Tee Da, Vic and Christi Taylor, Best Commercial Interior.


During the conference, Tyler was named the site of the 2009 Texas Revitalization Conference.  The planning effort for next year's conference will be led by Beverly Abell, Tyler Main Street Program director.  Abell was also elected to a second term on the Texas Downtown Association Board of Directors and as vice president of the Board.

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