Updated July 18, 2013: Joplin received enough votes to be one of 20 cities who will receive paint and supplies to freshen facades and other exterior trims of buildings downtown.
Paint manufacturer Benjamin Moore held the social media promotion "Main Street Matters".
The Joplin Downtown Alliance tells us no details are available on which buildings will receive the new paint.
For a complete list of the 2013 winners visit paintwhatmatters.com
Posted June 4, 2013 - Statement provided by Downtown Joplin:
Paint manufacturer Benjamin Moore is holding a "Main Street Matters" promotion. One hundred North American cities have been nominated. People can vote online and the paint maker, along with partners in the promotion, will paint the Main Streets of the 20 cities that receive the most votes. Actor Brad Pitt and his "Make It Right" foundation are helping to promote the project.
Joplin is one of three cities in Missouri that is eligible. Cape Girardeau and Kirkwood also are in the running. The nearest Midwest competitors are Eudora and Garden City in Kansas, Fort Smith, Ark., and Norman, Okla.
Benjamin Moore will provide the paint and supplies needed to freshen facades, porches, railings, shutters and other exterior trims of buildings on the town's Main Streets. Color experts from the company will provide advice on color selections that are best suited for the architectural style of the buildings involved, regional influences and historic references. Professional painters from the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America will be hired to do the work.
David Melancon, chief marketing officer of Benjamin Moore, in a statement said of the contest, "Our Main Streets are the vital hubs of our communities - and Benjamin Moore and our network of independent dealers have always been integral parts of Main Street. The investment we're making in communities around North America is core to our business and to who we are; Main Streets make us who we are and we're proud to honor that with this effort."