St. Cloud, Florida was founded in 1910 as a settlement for Union soldiers and is fondly known as Soldier City. St. Cloud Main Street is celebrating 20 years of working diligently to preserve historic buildings and features, while actively promoting economic development within our vibrant, historical city. St. Cloud Main Street raises community awareness and funds through events such as our annual Soldier City Veterans Dinner Salute, Redneck Gala, and Smokin' Blues, Cruise & BBQ. As part of our commitment to economic development, our Economic Revitalization Committee oversees the disbursement of funds for Business Assistance Grants to businesses within the Main Street District for improvements to their business façade and building interior. St. Cloud Main Street has been the driving force behind 15 murals and 5 historic markers in St. Cloud. Recent projects include submission and approval of a historical marker at Mt. Peace Cemetery, in which 427 soldiers from the Civil War are buried; submission for a historical marker at Fisk Funeral Home; planning a new mural on the historical Coble's Garage building; procuring a grant to update the inventory of the historic district; recommendations to the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) for the St. Cloud Hotel, Makinson/O'Doherty's Building, St. Cloud Power Plant, Kisselback property; and an expansion of the Main Street District. Current projects include hosting an informational seminar on Opportunity Zones for property owners and investors. The Main Street District, the historic district and Opportunity Zone in St. Cloud have almost the same boundaries and we feel this is an important opportunity for the economic future of our historic district. If St. Cloud Main Street were to win the contest, the money would be used for refurbishment of existing murals, to cover the installation costs of new historical marker(s), and for additional funding for Business Assistance Grants.