Less than a dozen years ago, Downtown Hudson had a storefront vacancy rate of approximately 20% and its future looked bleak. In response, a handful of Main Street business owners got together and worked to fill some of these vacancies. Slowly, they were able to attract new restaurants and retailers which began a transformation that helped trigger major infrastructure improvements to both the Main Street and an adjacent back street that serves a critical supporting role to the main shopping and dining areas. In order to keep the momentum going, a formal Business Improvement District ["the BID"] was formed in 2017 by the majority of property owners who agreed to impose an additional annual tax on themselves that would be used in ways that they felt would benefit their district. Namely, they invested that newfound income on things that were not supplied by the municipality such as enhanced beautification initiatives, marketing strategies and events designed to attract visitors to the district. The BID also partnered with the Town to develop outside dining regulations, acquire Wayfinding signs and redesign a riverwalk along a body of water that passes through the district adding connections to a five-mile walking trail and the downtown. Currently, work is underway to acquire an abandoned Armory located in our district and convert it into a performing arts center. If Hudson were fortunate enough to win this award, we would direct these funds to enhance the cultural footprint of our district. Visitors to Downtown Hudson can enjoy unique retail offerings, terrific dining options, great service shops, a brewery that draws crowds from miles around, and free outside music on weekends and on Thursday evenings during the warmer months. Hudson is now a regional destination and worthy of the award for America's favorite Main Street! Please vote for Hudson!!