ASHTABULA — It's the newest place to take a selfie photo in the Ashtabula Harbor.

The Lift Bridge Community Association's "Ashtabula" script sign was erected Friday on the riverfront off Bridge Street.

Designed by local artist Ryan Humphrey, the brass sign was funded by the America's Main Streets contest money and the Robert S. Morrison Foundation. 

"It's what the people said they wanted when we took a survey [on how to spend the award money]," said Christine Seuffert, chairperson of the LBCA. "I'm so excited to use local talent."

In June 2018, Bridge Street bested 300 other cities to take home the $25,000 prize. The contest was organized by Independent We Stand in Virginia Beach, Va.

Ashtabula was a top-10 finalist two years in a row and area residents rallied last year to push the city to the top. More than 200,000 total votes were cast by the public nationwide in the third annual contest.

City Manager Jim Timonere said he loves the script sign project.

As part of its ongoing mission to promote small businesses, Independent We Stand created the America’s Main Streets contest to promote the important role Main Streets play in building economic success for their communities.

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