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Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association finalist for Great American Main Street Award


Tupelo chosen out of many downtown communities from across the country             


TUPELO, Miss. -- Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association was announced as a Top Ten Semi-Finalist for the Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) on Sept. 1. This award is the most prestigious award a Main Street community can receive.


    The GAMSA continuously draws a large array of applicants from all across the nation. Three Main Street communities will be selected as overall winners for this award. The results will be announced in March 2018 at Main Street America's national convention in Kansas City, Mo. This award recognizes communities that revitalize their conventional downtown areas and create a vibrant, transformed Main Street.

    “The Great American Main Street Award is the highest recognition given out by the National Main Street Center,” said Patrice Frey, the National Main Street Center’s President and CEO.  “Each year, we look forward to celebrating the semi-finalists, who are exceptional Main Street America organizations, working to create more economically, socially, and culturally vibrant commercial districts. They are a testament to the power of the Main Street Approach, and the great potential of downtown districts in cities and towns across the country.”
    Tupelo is a vibrant, small town located in the center of the Mississippi Hills. Famous for being the birthplace of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock n’ Roll still serves as strong foundation for tourism and entertainment in Downtown Tupelo.

    In their impressive 27-year history, the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association has generated over $165 million in public/private investment and received over 60 awards. However, their true legacy is the impact their work has made for the people who call Tupelo home. Tupelo Main Street continues to make Tupelo an even better play to live, work and play.

    "It is an honor to be chosen a Top 10 Semi-finalist for the GAMSA award," said Debbie Brangenberg, executive director of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association. "Our organization has spent almost 27 years laying the foundation for a strong and successful downtown.  To be recognized nationally for our efforts acknowledges the dedication and hard work by many."


    "The longterm, incremental philosophy of Main Street is perfectly demonstrated by the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association,” said Jeannie Zieren, Mississippi Main Street’s director of training and information services. "With time, patience, and incredible local support and public-private partners, Downtown Tupelo is a state and now nationally-recognized, award-winning Main Street program!”

    Two Mississippi Main Street communities have received the GAMSA, Columbus in 2010 and Ocean Springs in 2013.


    To read more about the GAMSA semi-finalists, visit For more information on the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, call 662.841.6598 or visit




Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) was created to provide economic development assistance through historic preservation to its 56 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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