After three years of hard work, Montezuma is now a designated Better Hometown City. This designation is the equivalent of the National Main Street Designation for smaller communities.
"It is really dear to my heart to make this community fit into today's marketplace," says Downtown Development Authority Manager, Camille Bielby.
She's been the driving force behind this journey for Montezuma.
"The four wheel spokes behind Main Street are design, promotion, economic restructuring, and organization," says Bielby.
They're all completed which gives the city the official title.
"It's a charming downtown, and by having this structure for better hometown they can protect that charm," says Saralyn Stafford.
Stafford is the Assistant Commissioner for the Department of Community Affairs. She presented the leaders of Montezuma with this award.
"It's about having jobs in downtown, having places for people to shop, eat, maybe even to live," says Stafford.
The goals of this program are what community leaders are looking forward to expanding upon in the future
"We love this little town and anything that goes on that makes Montezuma look good and make it a better place to live," says Mayor Willie Larry.