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Downtown Tupelo Main Street Welcomes two new staff Members


Downtown Tupelo Main Street Welcomes two new staff Members


The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association (DTMSA) has named McKenzie Watkins and Sarah Stewart as their two new program associates. Their responsibilities include marketing for Downtown events, maintaining the presence of the online communication channels and assisting with event planning and execution.


Before joining the DTMSA, Stewart was employed by DIME Entertainment magazine as a marketing representative. She is a graduate from the University of Southern Mississippi where she studied advertising.


Watkins, a Tupelo native, is a recent graduate from Mississippi State University. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with a concentration in public relations.

Main Street Clinton director elected to state board


Tara Lytal, the director of Main Street Clinton in Clinton, Miss., has been elected to the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) Board of Directors.

Lytal has been elected by fellow MMSA local program directors for a special one-year term to fill a vacancy on the board and will serve through 2017.

A native of Clinton, Miss., Lytal was hired in 2007 as the first director of the Main Street Clinton program.  She holds two degrees from Mississippi College, a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and a master’s degree in Public Relations.

Lytal has been involved in numerous organizations in the community.  She is currently serving in her second term on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, she is a graduate of the Chamber’s Leadership Clinton Class of 1999, and she has served as President of both The Arts Council of Clinton and Junior Civic League.

With the help of many volunteers, Lytal has guided the Main Street Clinton program to 19 state awards for accomplishments in the Main Street districts and has received a personal award for Excellence in Main Street.

The MMSA Board provides two positions on the statewide board for Directors' Representatives. Each representative serves a two-year term and represents the 52 Main Street programs in Mississippi on the state level.

Lytal joins Russell Baty of the Main Street Chamber of Leake County who is serving as the 2017-2018 Directors' Representative on the board. Lytal will serve the remaining year of the two-year term held by the previous representative.

The MMSA board is made up of a statewide group of business, government and community leaders. The 2017 MMSA Board of Directors are as follows:
Board President Suzanne Smith, Renasant Bank; President-elect Allison Beasley, Southern Mississippi Planning and Development; Treasurer Ed Gardner, Entergy; Past President Mark Loughman, Mississippi Power; Matthew McLaughlin of McLaughlin P.C.; Steve Kelly, Board Member Emeritus; Mayor Chip Johnson, City of Hernando; Keith A. Williams, Hancock Bank; Kevin Stafford, Neel-Schaffer; Kagan Coughlin, Base Camp Coding Academy; Chris Chain, Renovations of Mississippi, Inc., Russell Baty, The Main Street Chamber of Leake County; Tara Lytal, Main Street Clinton; Michelle Jones, Mississippi Department of Archives and History; Leland Speed, EastGroup/Parkway Properties; Jim West, College of Architecture, Art and Design at Mississippi State University; Ken P'Pool, Mississippi Department of Archives and History; Leah Kemp, The Carl Small Town Center at Mississippi State University; and Joy Foy of the Mississippi Development Authority.


What’s Going Down In The Town

Own a piece of Greenwood History!  Main Street Greenwood will be accepting bids on the historic Antoon Department store on December 22, 2016 at 2 PM. This is the first property that is part of Main Street Greenwood's Revolving Real Estate Program. Properties that are incorporated into this program are donated to Main Street Greenwood, sold for a discounted rate with rehabilitation deadlines and guidelines, and money generated from the sale will go the purchase or rehabilitation of another building. 

Not a developer or real estate person? Help us get the word out about this property! We need your help to move it. Share, promote and spread the word! 

Shopping local can support your community

Shop Small

WLBT Jackson

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -


The Mississippi Main Street Team describes Small Business Saturday as a special holiday for communities to show love to small businesses and shop local.


"During the winter months, we are producing six to eight hours a day," said Deep South Pops owner Jake Franklin.


Small businesses open and operating throughout the metro area and Franklin said the community can't operate without the locals.


"It's a vital piece to Jackson and every city really," said Franklin. "I think it brings an eclectic mix of interesting things. The people that live in these communities are interesting people with interesting products and ideas."


"You're not only supporting that business you are supporting jobs, you are supporting future growth," said Kristen Ley. "So, it's kind of a full circle thing."


Chic and elegant displays inside one of the oldest buildings in downtown Jackson showcase Ley's artwork. From her garage to her colorful store front, you can shop local at Thimblepress.


"When you spend with a local company you are giving money back to your own community. Every dollar you spend creates three dollars within your community. Most likely the small businesses you use are using local accountants, local lawyers, they are shopping locally for supplies," explained Ley. "So, I've always been a big proponent for in shopping small and shopping locally."


Small Business Saturday launched in 2010 as a way to boost spending at locally owned shops.


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