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Ocean Springs’ Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival selected as Top 20 Event

Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival selected as Top 20 Event 

(Ocean Springs, MS) - The 37th Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival has been selected as one of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events.
This award winning, long standing arts festival hosted by the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau attracts nearly 400 vendors from around the continent that display everything from the finest pottery, paintings, jewelry, and sculptures to woodwork, metal work, and handmade tile pieces.
The annual festival makes a significant contribution to developing the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a regional arts destination. The event has grown to become known as the largest fine arts festival in the state attracting an attendance in excess of 120,000 to the local area.  In 2011, the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development in partnership with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, worked to determine the economic impact totaling $23 million to the local economy confirming that the Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival serves both as a tool to bring in new revenue into the community, but also serves to enhance the culture of the region.
The Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Events publication receives extensive exposure in print media, web, and television and radio in the U.S. and Canada.  Over 1,600 newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, AAA’s and others receive the listings.  Top 20 Events are listed on the Southeast Tourism Society website at  Top 20 festivals are also listed on where travel writers explore for stories in relation to destinations, festivals and events.

For more information on this award winning event presented by Blue Moon, please contact the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce - Main Street – Tourism Bureau at 228-875-4424 or visit

Miss. Main Street Announces 2015 Award Winners in Downtown Development

June 18, 2015 - JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) celebrated achievements of Mississippi Main Street Communities at the 26th Annual Awards Luncheon in downtown Jackson.
The presentation of awards was made by MMSA Executive Director Bob Wilson and 2015-2016 Board President Suzanne Smith.

The annual awards luncheon honors Main Street managers, board members and volunteers and recognizes the best downtown development projects from Main Street communities in Mississippi.
Click here for list of 2015 Award Recipients.
"This year's award winners reflect the commitment of many individuals and groups who champion what Main Street is all about - developing the heart of our communities, our historic downtowns, and enhancing quality of life for everyone," Wilson said.

During the awards meeting, a special tribute was made in memory of Chuck Ueltschey, MMSA Board Member and Past President. Ueltschey's wife, Regina, and son, Lee, were present at the awards meeting.

2014-2015 MMSA President Mark Loughman of Mississippi Power Company gave special remarks about Ueltschey who served on the MMSA board until his retirement from Mississippi Power Company's Economic Development Group.

"Mississippi lost an exceptional leader in community and economic development with the passing of Chuck Ueltschey," Loughman said. "He was a true advocate of the Main Street mission, and he played a pivotal role during his time on the board."

"I cannot think of anyone who had a bigger impact in as many communities around the state," he added.

The Annual Awards Luncheon recognizes the managers, board members, financial partners and volunteers who make Mississippi Main Street communities desirable places to be.
Since 1993, MMSA, a program of the Mississippi Development Authority, has generated nearly $4.8 billion in private and public investment (including more than $1.1 billion in public investment).

In 2014, Mississippi Main Street cities generated 303 net new businesses, 79 business expansions to existing businesses, 1,238 net new jobs, 93 façade rehabilitations and 127 upper floor housing units. More than 77,348 volunteer hours were recorded.

So far in 2015, Mississippi Main Street cities have generated 73 net new businesses, 29 business expansions to existing businesses, 786 net new jobs, 29 façade rehabilitations and 163 upper floor housing units. Over 13,702 volunteer hours have been reported.

MMSA has 51 designated Main Street Communities throughout the state as well as five Downtown Network Members and several Association Members.
MMSA is a member of the National Main Street Center, Inc., a non-profit subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

For the past 35 years, the Main Street Four Point Approach® has been used successfully in more than 2,000 communities, producing $61.7 billion in new public and private investment, creating more than 528,500 jobs and resulting in the rehabilitation of more than 251,000 buildings.  

Click here for 2015 Award photos.

The Mississippi Main Street Association is a program of the National Main Street Center, Inc., and the Mississippi Development Authority with many allied partners and investors. Main Street is an economic development program based in historic preservation. The mission of the Mississippi Main Street Association is to provide visionary leadership, guidance and counsel to Mississippi Main Street communities through organization, promotion, design and economic development to make our cities and towns better places to work, live and play.

For more information, visit or call 601-944-0113.

Mississippi State University selects Ocean Springs Chamber to showcase tourism development to rural

Mississippi State University selects Ocean Springs Chamber to showcase tourism development to rural areas
(Ocean Springs, MS0 - MSU Extension Service is working on a toolkit for best management practices for community development and tourism development. The toolkit will have a video/ digital component so that the information will be more accessible to those that need it. MSU chose to spotlight Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau as an excellent example of how to both methodically create sustainable community development, and then to establish the community as a tourism destination. The Chamber’s examples of digital marketing will show those in rural areas how to use new technology to bring tourists to their communities on limited budgets.
The team from Mississippi State University visited with director Margaret Miller and public relations and events manager Cynthia Sutton and toured town in May.  The team had a chance to take part in the Taste of Ocean Springs Food & Wine Festival and learn about some of the social media efforts used through the festivals.
The toolkit will be made available to Main Street managers, city and county officials and others as examples of how to create a sustainable, successful community.
For more information on this project, contact the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau at 228-875-4424.

Senatobia recognized by 2015 Playful City USA program

Senatobia recognized by 2015 Playful City USA program
241 communities to be recognized as part of program
Senatobia, Miss. (June 17, 2015) - The City of Senatobia is being honored with a 2015 Playful City USA designation for the fifth straight year.  The national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable.
Penny Hawks Frazier, City Alderman, EDF Board Member and Chair of Senatobia Main Street, said "This is our fifth year to be recognized, and it's an honor to be chosen again. Being a part of this group, having this designation, opens doors for grant opportunities and provides positive visibility for Senatobia."
Hopscotch sidewalks, structured recess programs, mandated neighborhood play spaces, city-wide play days and mobile recreation vehicles are all ways in which these communities are appealing to residents nationwide, and attracting and retaining residents in many types of neighborhoods.
"Playability is crucial to the success of our future communities, and we are proud of the work these cities and leaders are doing to provide a better quality of life for all residents, and especially families," says KaBOOM! President James Siegal. "Play provides a competitive advantage for cities looking to attract and retain residents. With these esteemed leaders, and our friends and partners across the country, we continue to prioritize play for all kids."
The City of Senatobia has recently adopted a plan to build a $5 million addition to its primary sports complex. Alan Callicott, Mayor of Senatobia, stated that "The renewed Playful City USA designation is validation for a historical commitment to recreational facilities in our town, particularly with the resurgence of corporate sponsorship and volunteerism for building playgrounds the last several years. What's even more exciting is the new commitment we've just made to create a first-class environment with our sports complex, which will be enjoyed for many years, both by our young people and by those we attract from other places."
To learn more about these cities, see the full list of the 241 communities named 2015 Playful City USA honorees, or to gather more information on the Playful City USA program, visit We also encourage you to take part in the conversation on #playability with these thought leaders on Twitter and Facebook.

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