Downtown Tupelo Selected for National “Refresh” Visit, Aug. 7-8


TUPELO, Miss. – Tupelo will participate in a Community Transformation Workshop with the assistance of a National Main Street Center consultant Aug. 7-8 in downtown Tupelo.  Tupelo was chosen through a competitive application process with the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA). The two-day workshop will help continue the advancement of the downtown area. 

The workshop provides services to assist the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association to define community-informed and market-driven strategies that can direct and strengthen its revitalization efforts. 

“The National Main Street Center selected Tupelo because Tupelo will be a model program for Mississippi," said Matt Wagner, Vice President of Revitalization Programs, National Main Street Center. "We believe Tupelo will be able to implement the recommendations and demonstrate a measurable impact to be a case study for the other Main Street communities in Mississippi. Downtown Tupelo’s community engagement and enthusiasm will make for a dynamic and successful program!” 
“Tupelo has demonstrated the effective implementation of the Main Street Four Point Approach, and this 'refreshed' Main Street Approach will help the community and Downtown Tupelo identify and build on its greatest economic strengths through targeted community development strategies while continuing to use the Four Point Approach," said Jeannie Waller Zieren, MMSA Director of Training and Marketing. “Our goal is for Downtown Tupelo to have a comprehensive plan to guide their work for the next five years.” 

The visit will involve community input by a pre-visit survey, research on market conditions, specific gaps, and key opportunities that can strengthen the downtown district.

For a workshop agenda and meeting locations, contact Reagan Pepper at or 662-841-6598. For more information on the Main Street program, visit Downtown Tupelo Main Street at, Mississippi Main Street Association at the National Main Street Center at

Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) has been improving the quality of life in Mississippi for more than 30 years by developing Mississippi's downtowns. 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. Since 1993, MMSA has generated more than $5.2 billion in private and public investment (including nearly $1.3 billion in public investment), 36,996 net new jobs, 5,673 net new businesses, rehabilitated 3,298 buildings and added 2,921 downtown residential units. MMSA is a program of the National Main Street Center, with many public and private partners.

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.