Area city in running for TV reality show, possible $500K economic boost

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CORSICANA, Texas (KWTX) Corsicana is in the running to be featured on a TV reality show, which awards one main street in America a half a million dollar economic boost.

Corsicana is one of six communities across the United States, and the only one in Texas, to be chosen as a finalist for season 4 of the show “Small business revolution: Main Street,” which airs on HULU.

Hosts Amanda Brinkman and Ty Pennington announced Tuesday Corsicana had made the top six selected by the show and would be up for public vote until Feb. 19.

“Each season, America chooses the town, we choose the small businesses, and Deluxe and a host of celebrity experts give them the makeover of a lifetime – all on our quest to put Main Street back on the map,” the show’s website reads.

“From thousands of nominations, we’ve narrowed it to the Top 6 – now it’s up to you to choose the winner! Vote today and every day through Feb. 19 by 10 p.m. CST.”

Corsicana joins Camas, Wash., Canon City, Colo., Durant, Okla., Searcy, Ark., and Washington, N.C., as finalists.

The show announced the news by also sharing a video produced about the town and the people in it describing why the public should vote for them.

“Corsicana, Texas is known for several things. It’s known for its fruitcake, and Wolf Brand Chili and also oil,” one resident said.

“At one point, Corsicana had the largest income per capita in Texas. We are no longer at that place here in Corsicana. We actually fall at the other end of the spectrum but that’s open of the reasons we need this.”

Another resident said they hoped the public would vote for Corsicana because of their small town likability factor.

“It’s such a quaint little town. The people are friendly and it’s very vintage.”

“You should definitely vote for us because we have a hometown feel and everyone in this town is a friendly,” another said.

And another resident added, “Everyone is accepted in this community and we welcome the outsider.”

Pennington said making the final cut is a huge deal with a lot on the line for the winner.

“These small towns because of the success of the big brand from the chains out by the highway; Main Street sort of gets forgotten,” he said. “And what I love about this show is we shine a light on some of the most amazing towns in America and some of the most amazing people that are trying to make a successful life in their business.”

“This is a really big deal.”

Brinkman agreed.

“We love small businesses and we feel like it’s the backbone of this country.”