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Charleston, Miss. joins MS Main Street Network

CHARLESTON, Miss. -- On Tuesday, May 23, the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) recognized the city of Charleston, Miss., as a Downtown Network Member of the statewide association.
Mayor Sedric Smith, the City of Charleston and leaders in the community from diverse backgrounds came together to act as a steering committee and apply for membership in the Mississippi Main Street Downtown Network. The MMSA Board of Directors unanimously approved the application earlier this month.

"We believe that Charleston is an amazing community with a lot of opportunity and potential to capitalize on things we haven't yet," said Catherine Woodyard, Executive Director of the James C. Kennedy Wellness Center at the Tallahatchie General Hospital. "We feel membership to Main Street will provide us with the push we need to really bring economic development and downtown revitalization."

"We hope to improve our town's aesthetics, bring in new businesses, grow our tourism industry - especially as it relates to hunting and fishing, and offer more community events for residents and visitors to enjoy and embrace," Woodyard said.

The MMSA Downtown Network membership affords the town training and technical services from MMSA with the opportunity to progress to the Certified Main Street Membership within three years.

Jan Miller, MMSA Director of Field Services, presented the City of Charleston and members of the Charleston Main Street committee with a certificate and welcomed the community into the Mississippi Main Street Network.

"We are so impressed with the momentum in downtown revitalization in Charleston and could not be happier to welcome them into the Mississippi Main Street family," Miller said. "They have so much local support and are ready to get to work!"

As a Downtown Network Member of MMSA, Charleston is also joining the National Main Street Center as an Affiliate Member. MMSA is a coordinating state progam of the National Main Street Center and every local Main Street program in Mississippi is required to be a member for nationally accredited or affiliate status.

Charleston is located in Tallahatchie County along with four other towns, Glendora Village, Sumner, Tutwiler and Webb. Founded in 1833, the county is 80 percent rural and is one of 10 counties in Mississippi to have two county seats, Charleston and Sumner. According to the US Census Bureau, the county’s total population is 15,378. Charleston was the first county seat, and Sumner was organized later in 1872.
Charleston was founded in 1837, but its history antedates that. Known as the “Gateway to the Delta,” and loved by all who stumble upon her, Charleston is 1.4 square miles, located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta and is home to 2,198 residents. The city has a quaint, charming town square and is surrounded by thousands of acres of beautiful land used for agriculture.

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