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HOUSTON, Miss. -- The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) will lead a team to conduct a Mississippi Vision Plan for Houston, Miss. on Sept. 25-27, 2017.

This program, formerly known as a resource team or charrette, has been developed exclusively for Main Street Communities. A new Main Street Community receives a Vision Plan within its first year, and established Main Street programs, like Houston, may apply for the program.

The Vision Plan seeks to use a base of design and marketing professionals in Mississippi to help a new Main Street community develop a plan with both short-term and long-term goals.
"This plan will help us identify goals for Houston's future, and the steps to achieve those goals," said Jan Miller, MMSA Director of Field Services. "Houston has a lot of areas for potential growth and development."

"We hope to see a big turn-out from the community and surrounding area," she added. "An important part of the process is hearing from the public and what community members want to see accomplished in their hometown."

The Mississippi Vision Plan will combine creative, intense work sessions with public input sessions and meetings with community stakeholders over a three-day time period.

The public is invited to participate in a kick-off Community Input Meeting on Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Civic Center in Houston.

The public is also invited to attend the final Mississippi Vision Presentation on Sept. 27 at 6 p.m., also at the Civic Center.

The Mississippi Vision Plan team will identify tangible and intangible assets, present design recommendations, preservation projects and promotional opportunities to the community, and create excitement for citizens and both the private and public sectors.

The ultimate goal for the Vision Plan is to provide the community with an on-going, flexible work plan that city leaders and the Historic Hometown Houston Main Street program can use to guide the continued revitalization and development of the town and stimulate further economic growth.

MMSA's Jan Miller will be the team leader. Mississippi Vision Plan team members include:
Belinda Stewart, Belinda Stewart Architects, P.A.
Holly Hawkins, Belinda Stewart Architects, P.A.
Brittany Riland, Belinda Stewart Architects, P.A.
Saunders Ramsey, Neel-Schaffer
Karen Stanley, neonFROG, inc.
Rachael Carter, Mississippi State University Extension Center for Government and Community Development
Michelle Jones, Mississippi Department of Archives & History
Jeannie Zieren, Mississippi Main Street Association

The Mississippi Vision Plan team will produce diagrams, plans, design renderings, photo-manipulations, branding and marketing collaterals to illustrate their recommendations.
All of these products and recommendations are presented to the community on the final evening of the program.

"We are truly focused on helping the community with the next five years," said Miller.

A follow-up strategy board and work plans, along with all electronic files, is provided to the city as a tool kit to guide implementation on the recommendations.

For additional information, please contact Joyce East with the Chickasaw Development Foundation/Historic Hometown Houston Main Street at 662.456.2321 or  


Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) was created to provide economic development assistance through historic preservation to member towns, which focuses on issues embraced by the Main Street Four-Point Approach® - Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Vitality– that are designed to match resources available in Main Street communities.

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 several private investors in the state.
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