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Mississippi Main Street Communities Receive 2017 National Accreditation

Mississippi Communities Receive 2017 National Accreditation from Main Street America


JACKSON, Miss. (June 21, 2017) -- The following Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) members in Mississippi have been designated as Accredited Main Street America™ programs for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center:


Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Batesville, Belhaven, Biloxi, Booneville, Canton, Carthage/Leake County, Cleveland, Clinton, Columbus, Corinth, Crystal Springs, Greenville, Greenwood, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Hernando, Holly Springs, Indianola, Kosciusko, Laurel, Louisville/Noxapater, Meridian, New Albany, Ocean Springs, Okolona, Pascagoula, Pass Christian, Philadelphia,  Picayune, Pontotoc County, Ripley, Saltillo, Senatobia, Starkville, Tunica, Tupelo, Vicksburg, Water Valley, West Point and Woodville.

 

In addition, Houston and Port Gibson earned Affiliate status this year. Affiliate programs have demonstrated a commitment to the comprehensive community revitalization and are on the pathway to achieving meaningful economic, social, physical and organizational improvements in their downtown or commercial districts.


Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach®.


“It is a great honor to recognize this year’s 828 nationally Accredited Main Street America programs for their outstanding work to transform downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and the work they do to create quality public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship, and support downtown housing is more important than ever."


"Across the country, Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social, and cultural fabric of their entire communities,” Frey said.


Each Main Street organization’s performance is annually evaluated by the Mississippi Main Street Association, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet 10 performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.


Since 1993, Mississippi Main Street Association has generated more than $5 billion in private and public investment, including more than $1.2 billion in public investment.



In 2016, Mississippi Main Street programs generated 234 net new businesses, 68 business expansions to existing businesses, 1,811 net new jobs, 104 façade rehabilitations and 366 downtown residential units.


 
MMSA currently has 50 active Main Street cities throughout the state, seven Downtown Network members, and numerous Associate, Allied professional members, and Friends of Main Street.

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As a Main Street America Coordinating Program, MMSA is part of a powerful, grassroots network consisting of 45 Coordinating Programs and over 1600 neighborhoods and communities across the country committed to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. MMSA partners with the Mississippi Development Authority and many private investors in the state. MMSA provides training and technical assistance based on the Main Street Four-Point Approach® - Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Vitality - to its Main Street communities. For more information, visit http://www.msmainstreet.com.



Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,000 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $71.35 billion in new public and private investment, generated 583,869 net new jobs and 131,974 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 267,800 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


Announcing the 2017 Accredited and Affiliate Main Street America Communities

Nationally Accredited

Announcing the 2017 Accredited and Affiliate Main Street America Communities

By National Main Street Center | From Main Street Story of the Week | June 2, 2017 |

2017 Accredited and Affiliate

Congratulations to all 828 Main Street America™ communities that earned national accreditation this year! The Main Street America accreditation process evaluates local Main Street programs according to 10 performance standards and provides national recognition to those that meet these standards. We also congratulate the 256 Main Street America communities that earned official Affiliate status.

List of Nationally Accredited programs in Mississippi

List of Affiliate programs in Mississippi


Ocean Springs Chamber Unveils New Culinary Passport Program for Locals and Travelers

Ocean Springs Chamber Unveils New Culinary Passport Program for Locals and Travelers


(Ocean Springs, MS) - Visit the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau’s Visitor Center for a guide to town, a walking map and a Culinary Passport to
experience some of the finest food and drink the Mississippi Gulf Coast has to offer.

 

With more than 100 places to eat and drink at in Ocean Springs, the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau has created a Culinary Trail Passport to help locals and visitors find their way through the variety of tasty places throughout town.

 

The Ocean Springs Culinary Passport is a culinary trail to help you discover the many dining and nightlife experiences of our vibrant town. From strolling along the downtown streets lined with historic live oaks hopping from one establishment to the next, enjoying live music, or indulging in the local seafood, tradition cuisine, tapas or cultural snacks and meals, Ocean Springs has you covered.

 

“This program was created to help provide our local restaurants and nightlife establishments more exposure”, says Cynthia Dobbs Sutton, executive director of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau. “And, as a reward for having locals and travelers visit our restaurants, they get the opportunity to be rewarded with prizes throughout the year.”

 

Stop by the Ocean Springs Chamber Visitor Center located at 1000 Washington Avenue and grab an Ocean Springs Culinary Passport. Then, visit 10 participating restaurants and bars in Ocean Springs spending a minimum of $10 at each throughout the year, week or weekend. Have the server stamp your passport per visit. Collect 10 stamps from 10 different participating restaurants. When complete, drop off the passport to the Ocean Springs Chamber office to receive a free gift for dining with us in Ocean Springs. Passport holders who complete all requirements will also be entered for food related drawings throughout the year. Visit www.oceanspringschamber.com/culinarypassport for a complete list of participants.


Miss. Main Street announces 2017 Award Winners

MISSISSIPPI MAIN STREET ANNOUNCES  2017 AWARD WINNERS
 
June 15, 2017 - JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) celebrated achievements of Mississippi Main Street Communities at the 28th Annual Awards Luncheon in downtown Jackson.
 
The presentation of awards was made by MMSA Board President Allison Beasley, MMSA Past President Suzanne Smith and staff.

The annual awards luncheon honors Main Street directors, board members and volunteers and recognizes the most outstanding downtown development projects from Main Street communities in Mississippi.
 
List of 2017 Award Recipients
 
"This is the Mississippi Main Street Association’s most important event of the year," said Allison Beasley, MMSA President. "It gives us an opportunity to meet with and celebrate the local directors and investors throughout the state that are doing the hard work of making our downtown districts more competitive, successful and sustainable."

"We are thrilled to honor our economic development and preservation heroes in Mississippi's downtowns," Beasley said.
 
Since 1993, Mississippi Main Street Association has generated more than $5 billion in private and public investment (including more than $1.2 billion in public investment).

In 2016, Mississippi Main Street programs generated 234 net new businesses, 68 business expansions to existing businesses, 1,811 net new jobs, 104 facade rehabilitations and 366 downtown residential units.
 
MMSA currently has 50 active Main Street cities throughout the state, seven Downtown Network members, and numerous Associate, Allied professional members, and Friends of Main Street.

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As a Main Street America Coordinating Program, MMSA is part of a powerful, grassroots network consisting of 45 Coordinating Programs and over 1600 neighborhoods and communities across the country committed to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. MMSA partners with the Mississippi Development Authority and many private investors in the state.

MMSA provides training and technical assistance based on the Main Street Four-Point Approach® - Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Vitality - to 57 Main Street communities and network members in the state. Since 1993, MMSA has provided more than $5 billion in public and private re-investment back into Main Street communities. For more information, visit http://www.msmainstreet.com.

 


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