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Allstate Grant Awarded to Saltillo Main Street

Allstate Grant Awarded to Saltillo Main Street


Saltillo Main Street Association (SMSA)has been awarded an Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grant. The Paul Dunklee Allstate Insurance Agency will present funds to SMSA on Thursday, April 19 at 11:00 a.m. in front of the Allstate office located at 129 Town Creek Drive, Suite B, in Saltillo.


“Thank you to Saltillo’s local Allstate insurance agent and volunteer, Paul Dunklee, for being a positive force for change in our community,” said Lindsey Hines, SMSA Executive Director. “Paul has given histime and enabled Saltillo Main Street Association to receive an Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grant.”


Saltillo Main Street along with the City of Saltillo created the Reduce. Reuse. Recycle program after the Lee County Solid Waste department donated a recycling trailer to Saltillo in April 2017.  The recycling trailer sits in front of the Saltillo Allstate Insurance office, a centralized location in the city. 


“What began as a once a month opportunity for citizens to dispose of their recyclables has now become a permanent fixture for the community to use at their convenience,” Hines said. “Paul and his Allstate staff immediately jumped on board when they learned about the Reduce. Reuse. Recycle program and helped on the weekends when volunteers were greatly needed.”


The Allstate Foundation supports the causes that Allstate agency owners, financial specialists and employees care about most by providing Helping Hands Grants to nonprofits where they volunteer their time to bring out the good in their communities.


“Special thanks to Paul for applying for and helping Saltillo Main Street with the Reduce. Reuse. Recycle program!” Hines said. “The grant money will go towards enhancing the current recycle trailer along with other recycling efforts in Saltillo.”

Laurel, Mississippi gets national spotlight in Kansas City

Laurel, Mississippi gets national spotlight in Kansas City
Mickey Howley, North Mississippi Herald
Closing plenary sessions at conferences are usually not well attended. Especially if it is a big ole long conference like the National Main Street one. The conference this year had 1,600 Main Street folks from around the country meeting for three days in Kansas City. So, when I walked in a few minutes late to the general closing session, I figured I’d get an easy seat as all the closing sessions in the past were the usual 300 diehards. No easy seat this time. The room was jammed to the last row. I had to stand in the back like some wallflower. Why? Was it because there was a dynamic speaker or a brilliant new idea? Nope, none of that. The room was packed to back doors because everyone was listening to a Mississippi Main Street story of revival.
Laurel is one of those forgotten places in rural America, a place most people outside of Mississippi don’t know about. Or didn’t. Laurel’s story for the last decade has been one of making good and it is a town on the bounce back. For those of us here, in the Mississippi context of size, we might think Laurel is a decent size town. But at 18,000 people, in the big American picture, it’s a small place, in a medium size state, in the middle of the piney woods. In that respect, not unlike a thousand towns across the USA. 
A decade ago Laurel was like many small towns. Seemingly on the ropes. Losing much of its money to a larger town some 30 minutes away. Laurel’s great old homes were not worth much and many neglected, and with a downtown near empty, the place seemed bleak.  The town was not moving an inch forward, hardly a glimmer of hope, as the historic commercial district was virtually locked by the building owners still thinking their properties were worth a million. The nearby Interstate was just pulling the life from downtown. The train was still passing through, but not ever like it was. Young people were leaving there and not looking back. That was Laurel ten years ago, as a barely hanging on faded former glory of a place as there ever was.
That’s not the case now, in the last decade the Laurel Main Street program, with never say die director Judi Holifield, has completely flipped Laurel’s story. People are moving in. Young people are staying. Laurel now has a comeback downtown, with daytime business and night time life, and the surrounding residential area is making a solid return. The future looks bright. They’ve posted big economic numbers. Like 45 new businesses, 150 new jobs, 9.1 million dollars in private investment, and 28 downtown apartments. 
So, in Kansas City last week, all the people who are Main Street directors around the country were listening to Laurel’s young people tell of their success and how their story is told via “Home Town” on HGTV. The people in the room, my guess, were not so much interested in the TV show, but more the reason why early 30 somethings believed again in this Mississippi town. It was story worth standing up for.
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Nettleton Joins Mississippi Main Street Downtown Network; City hopes to increase their growth from t

Nettleton Joins Mississippi Main Street Downtown Network; City hopes to increase their growth from this recognition

NETTLETON, Miss. – Nettleton, Miss., is the newest member of the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA). 
On Monday, April 2, MMSA will designate the town of Nettleton as a Downtown Network Member of the statewide association. The designation will take place at City Hall at 5:30 p.m.
"Becoming a member of Mississippi Main Street will improve the quality of life for citizens and bring Nettleton up to where it has the potential to be," said Mayor Mem Riley, Mayor of Nettleton.

“The City of Nettleton was in need of revitalizing and growing,” said Dana Burcham, city clerk of Nettleton. “With joining Mississippi Main Street, we are hoping they will give us fresh ideas for new business growth as well as revitalizing current businesses."  
"We are so excited to be working with Nettleton," said Jan Miller, MMSA Director of Field Services. "There is a lot of enthusiasm for revitalizing the downtown, and we look forward to helping guide their efforts."

Nettleton is located on U.S. Hwy 45, approximately 20 miles south of its intersection with Interstate 22. According to the last census, Nettleton has 1,992 citizens, but the number is believed to be higher since the last census. Most of the brick masonry buildings downtown are original to the city, which was established in 1888.

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Saltillo expands Main Street events, hosts Lucky Leprechaun 5K

Saltillo expands Main Street events, hosts Lucky Leprechaun 5K


By Cristina Carreon

Daily Journal


TUPELO – Lindsey Hines was hired to the Downtown Main Street Association to help revitalize Saltillo, and two years later, area events are starting to pick up along with city development. In late 2016, a representative from the DMSA came to survey the city.


“Becoming a member of the Mississippi Main Street Association opened us up to all of their resources when it comes to things like design, organization, promotion economic vitality. So, instead of us having to start from scratch, it’s kind of like a marketing and development model, people think it’s just about events, but events are just part of the program,” Hines said.


Hines has looked to cities like Baldwyn and New Albany, who have also become Main Street certified in recent years, for inspiration.


“It takes time, it’s taken them seven or eight years to really see the fruits of their labors, and I think that is encouraging for us because we are going on our third year since we were designated,” Hines said.


Hines says she enjoys the work, but because it is a brand new position, she has done a lot of learning on her own.


“It’s been a learning process, and with that comes ups and downs, but I feel like this where I’m supposed to be," she said. "It’s kind of intimidating, especially in a smaller town, because you’re more under the microscope, but you have to be open. Yes, it’s my job; but it’s a team effort."


Hines said the association is focusing on hosting just a few quality family-oriented events each year as opposed to having multiple events and not getting as big a turnout.

“We’re trying to figure out what people here want to do, and there’s a lot of feedback," she said. "People have great ideas, but getting people to the events is the difficult part, so we want to be selective in what kind of events we do.”


One thing Hines said has led to greater event attendance is recent rapid downtown revitalization. Eight downtown buildings previously belonging to an absentee owner living in Ohio, were recently sold to the city, and several new businesses will open soon as a result.


“At the end of 2016 when the four buildings were donated to the city, someone else purchased the other four on the south side," Hines said. "That was huge, now all of the buildings are occupied or have been purchased.”


Kinfolks restaurant, a new antiques mall and a hair salon are opening soon downtown. The city is looking to open a coffee shop soon as well, and DB’s Floral Designs ‘N' More recently purchased a 3,000-square-foot space from the absentee owner to move the shop into larger quarters.


“You can sense a little bit of excitement from everybody," Hines said. "I feel like people are excited and there’s interest even from people that aren’t living in Saltillo, that are now looking to move their business here.”


On April 2, Saltillo will host its third annual Downtown Git-Down Car and Bike Show, which will feature events all day and three food trucks, as well as more room due to the recent reclamation of downtown space.

“If we do something well and slowly grow it in the right way, it can be successful and I’m proud of that; we had more people last year than the year before,” Hines said.


This summer, Saltillo will host a Dinner & Music in the Park event, which was once held over a three-month period, but Hines observed other Main Street Association communities that just hold the event once a week during a one-month time period. The Association is also working on putting up a new “Welcome to Saltillo” sign.


Hines said her experience, so far, has shown her one can never prepare too early, as well as how to take constructive criticism and work effectively with others – relationships with city and business owners, and social media.


“I’ve become a sounding board for people, for what they’d like to see or get done,” she said.


Saltillo hosted the city’s first Lucky Leprechaun 5K and pancake breakfast Saturday morning with more than 50 local runners showing up in green tutus, shirts and hats to join the community-wide event celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.


“This is something, you know, the 5K and the pancake breakfast, that families can come enjoy together on Saturday morning and maybe linger around downtown at our shops," Hines said. "So we like the idea of focusing on family-friendly events.”


Weather during the city’s Mardi Gras Party 5K in February led to cancellation, so a St. Patrick’s Day made up for that this weekend.


Co-owners of Kinfolks restaurant, Seth Copeland and Jeremy Lewis, grew up in and around Saltillo, and decided to offer their restaurant space and kitchens to prepare the pancake breakfast for Saltillo runners as well as folks with tickets. Copeland is also a co-owner of Neon Pig restaurant in Tupelo.


“We want to do anything we can to support Saltillo," Copeland said. "The city asked us to do it and make money off the tickets, but we told them if they'd buy the stuff, we’d just cook it for them.”


The owners dished up 100 servings of pancakes, sausages and eggs after the race; others stopped by for breakfast during the race.


Kathryn Murf and her three daughters waited at the finish line for her husband to join them for a well-deserved, post-run breakfast.


“I don’t run, but my husband’s in the race,” Murf said.


Fire services and law enforcement officials parked a block from the finish line to high five and encourage runners near the end of the race, while family and friends waited outside Saltillo’s newest eatery, Kinfolks, which will officially open Monday.


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