Located at the confluence of three rivers, Greenwood sits at the eastern edge of the Mississippi Delta and is home to some 15,000 residents. Once known as the Cotton Capital of the World, Greenwood is a progressive community with small town charm and a high quality of life.
The City of Greenwood boasts a well-connected network of streets, plentiful parks and recreation facilities, and an artful assortment of community events held throughout the year. With all that is happening in our city, it’s no wonder Greenwood is known as the Gateway to the Delta.
Main Street Greenwood promotes and celebrates downtown Greenwood through the preservation of our historic resources and through projects, events, and activities that make downtown a viable place to live, work, and visit.
“Greenwood is blessed to have a beautiful downtown and we are fortunate to have business owners with the vision and sense of community responsibility that has motivated them to preserve their historic buildings,” said Carolyn McAdams, Mayor of Greenwood.
Main Street Greenwood was established in 1995 by community individuals with the vision of preserving downtown Greenwood’s historic resources and promoting its potential for revitalization. A healthy, revitalized, vibrant downtown creates a healthy economic core, which benefits our entire community, not just downtown businesses and retailers.
“In 1995, Greenwood was in a state of neglect, but with leadership from Main Street, Greenwood has since made a remarkable comeback and is now a model for downtown revitalization in Mississippi,” McAdams said.
Main Street Greenwood has been instrumental in key preservation projects throughout downtown Greenwood. Historic examples include benches and trash receptacles, downtown bike racks, downtown street signs, the Howard Street Revitalization, the Leflore County Courthouse, the Carrollton/Johnson Revitalization, the Greyhound Bus Station and the Keesler Bridge.
“For the past 17 years, Main Street Greenwood has been the pioneer behind Greenwood’s efforts to maintain our city’s historic architectural integrity,” McAdams said.
Main Street Greenwood has also recently completed the $250,000 Carrollton/Johnson Revitalization Program. Over 22 businesses along the Carrollton/Johnson corridor received façade grants as a means of encouraging economic growth and revitalization along the corridor in Downtown Greenwood. Main Street Greenwood also completed the Community Re-branding Project. Together with the City of Greenwood, the CVB, the Economic Development Foundation, and the Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Greenwood created a new community wide brand, website, and cohesive logos for each entity.
With a new year upon us, Main Street Greenwood welcomes our newest board president, Howard Smith, owner of Smith & Company in downtown Greenwood. Howard has been a part of our downtown retail community since September of 2001 and a member of our Main Street Greenwood board since 2010.
“It is better to be busy than bored, and that rings true everyday at the Main Street Greenwood office,” said Brantley Snipes, executive director of Greenwood Main Street. “I wake up looking forward to the diversity of daily tasks everyday. It is a great feeling, knowing that your daily work and project implementation is creating real and meaningful change in our community, region, and state.”
Current Main Street Greenwood Projects:
o Developing a historic walking tour app for smart phones, as well as updating our existing historic walking tour brochure, with the Mississippi Department of Archives & History.
o Introducing a new promotional event that celebrates our iconic alleyways in downtown Greenwood, Ramcat Rhythm & Brews. This will be a Spring Beer Festival held on March 23 and will be a ticketed fundraiser for our organization.
o The 9th annual River to the Rails will be May 3&4 with a sanctioned BBQ contest, arts contest, and live music throughout the weekend.
o Main Street Greenwood, the City of Greenwood, Beard + Riser Architects, and LandDesign are working on the Master Plan for the Downtown Linear Park that will run throughout Downtown along an abandoned rail line.
o Developing a downtown business and building inventory as part of our Economic Restructuring Goals for the year.
o Façade grants for local, downtown businesses.
o Membership growth and recruitment.
o A new, monthly promotional event called First Thursdays that is an open house type event that encourages retailers to stay open until 7 p.m. on the First Thursday of each month.
“Downtown Greenwood is a treasure for our entire community; it is a reflection of our community’s past, our present and our future,” Snipes said. “If Greenwood residents don’t support the Main Street Program, we risk downtown’s survival for future generations.”
“Main Street Greenwood is the little engine that can,” she added. “Despite only one paid staff member, and the smallest non-profit budget in town, we still manage to achieve great things for our community.”
By Mary Katherine Kitchings
MMSA PR/Marketing Intern