Farmington, MI. (May 14, 2015) – Main Street Oakland County hosted its annual award ceremony, The Main Event, on Tuesday, May 12 to recognize excellence in downtown revitalization – the Farmington Downtown Development Authority (DDA) took home two awards.

Farmington resident and volunteer Brian Cafmeyer won the award for Volunteer of the Year; and Innovate Farmington, a forum for newer tech ideas, won for Outstanding Business Retention Program.

Brian has been a Farmington volunteer for more than two years. He is a member of the Harvest Moon committee, and Friends of the Market – volunteering weekly at the Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market. He helps with every community event and is always willing to post event fliers throughout the community. Brian is a hard worker, and a very positive person, his challenge with cerebral palsy does not slow him down.

Innovate Farmington is a monthly meet-up group that provides a setting for discussion on newer tech ideas, what they are, how they are coming to market and what’s next for the product or inventor. The group is spearheaded by Farmington DDA President Tom Buck, meetings are the first Tuesday of each month and are currently rotated to various venues in Farmington. The public is welcome. Membership has gone from startup last summer to over 225 members in less than a year. Participants are software programmers, entrepreneurs, investors, business owners, tech enthusiasts and inventors of all ages and backgrounds. 

“Innovate Farmington is proving helpful to brand Farmington as a great place to share and grow your innovative idea and business,” explains DDA Executive Director Annette Knowles,  “It helps area tech-based businesses connect, shows off our downtown restaurants and businesses and demonstrates our support for incubating business ideas.”

Farmington is a member of the county’s Main Street program. Main Street Oakland County is an economic development program with a historic preservation philosophy and an emphasis on "sense of place." It helps local government develop their downtowns as vibrant, successful districts that serve as the heart of their communities.

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