Nelson is not among the 20 communities that will receive a makeover courtesy Benjamin Moore paints

Nelson falls short in Main Street Matters

Nelson won't get a free coat of paint coat of paint courtesy Benjamin Moore, but Penticton will.

Nelson won’t get a free coat of paint coat of paint courtesy Benjamin Moore, but Penticton will.

The Queen City was not among the 20 Canadian and US communities named today for the company’s 2013 Main Street Matters program, which will see each receive exterior painting of a two-to-three block stretch of their downtown cores.

Results from online balloting were announced this morning, although actual numbers were not released, so it’s unclear how Nelson actually fared.

Penticton was one of three Canadian cities to make the cut. The others were Stouffville, Ontario and Halifax. Originally more than 130 communities were in the running through a six week online voting period.

During the voting, Nelson was twice included among the Weekend Movers and Shakers, as one of the top 10 communities securing votes.

But in an interview last month, Dianna Ducs, executive director of Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism, was concerned the city was beginning to lag behind.

“We started into this campaign with lots of community support, with active voting and conversations on the street — thank you,” she said. “But as the month rushed by, the act of voting became less top of mind.”

The complete list of winners is as follows:

•    Attleboro, Massachusetts

•    Ellicott City, Maryland

•    Flint, Michigan

•    Greeley, Colorado

•    Halifax, Nova Scotia

•    Hawley, Pennsylvania

•    Hilo, Hawaii

•    Joplin, Missouri

•    Macon, Georgia

•    Martinez, California

•    Nyack, New York

•    Penticton, BC

•    Placerville, California

•    Sanford, North Carolina

•    Sea Bright, New Jersey

•    Sheboygan, Wisconsin

•    Stouffville, Ontario

•    Texarkana, USA

•    Westerly, Rhode Island

•    Xenia, Ohio

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