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Unveiling Ceremony for Tupelo’s Second Blues Marker

Thursday, January 8
Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau
3 p.m.
The Shakerag community will be recognized Thursday for its contribution to the Blues and its influence on Elvis. For more information call the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau at 662-841-6521 or 800-533-0611.

Downtown Tupelo Property Owners to get Design Help

In January, the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association will kick off a workshop series that is geared to educate commercial property owners about good design.

The workshop series, "Keeping Up Appearances," is based on principles from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Debbie Brangenburg, executive director of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, said the group decided to put on the free workshops after seeing the emphasis on design in the city's recently adopted comprehensive plan.

"Design was one of the top priorities and our committees felt one of the first steps should be education," she said.

Michael Grey Jones, a partner at JBHM Architects and DTMSA's design committee chairman, added, "In the design committee, we wanted to be proactive and show people what looks good downtown, instead of sitting back and saying, 'Boy, you didn't do that right.'"

Workshop sessions include "making good design happen" (Jan. 22), "storefronts that sell" (Feb. 19), "design assessment tools" (March 19) and "keeping up appearances" (April 16).

The sessions start at 5 p.m. at the City Council chambers in Tupelo's City Hall. Jones said the workshops should last for about 60-90 minutes.

Jones said the workshops are open to the public, but are specifically geared toward the downtown business owners, public officials, building inspectors, planning department employees and people who are affected by regulations in historic districts.

He said he thinks the information from the National Trust about good signs will be especially useful.

"We want to help people make their properties better," he said, adding that many changes are simple but "make a big difference."

The workshops won't emphasize residential design principles, but Jones and Brangenburg said some of the principles will apply.

By Carlie Kollath
Tupelo Daily Journal

Mississippi Main Street Announces New Member Levels

JACKSON, Miss. -- The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) has unveiled new membership levels for 2009. The membership levels include Friends of Main Street, Association Members, Downtown Network Members and Main Street Members.

The Friends of Main Street membership is reserved for individuals, corporations and other not-for-profit associations who support the work and mission of MMSA. Members receive limited services but are invited to receive limited phone consultation from MMSA staff, subscription to the MMSA E-newsletter, invitation to the MMSA Annual Awards Luncheon and reduced registration fees to regularly scheduled training and educational meetings and workshops. This membership fee is $100 annually.

The Association Membership level replaces the former Municipal Membership. This membership provides a range of services and assistance to meet a variety of community development and readiness levels. It is for communities that are either just starting a downtown revitalization effort or those that do not wish to become a designated Main Street community or a Mississippi Downtown Network Member at this time. Communities participating at this membership level can also take advantage of additional training opportunities by purchasing, at a discounted rate, services from the MMSA Menu of Services. This membership fee is $250 annually.

The Mississippi Downtown Network (MDN) Member is a new level of membership offered. This membership provides for communities interested in being a catalyst for change in their downtowns. The MDN level provides a variety of learning opportunities to stakeholders with a role in the preservation and revitalization of Mississippi's historic resources. Communities may or may not have a paid staff member (a local Program Coordinator is required) or Board of Directors that guides their activities, but are interested in improving the economic vitality of their downtown. This membership package allows for greater levels of consultation and technical assistance with MMSA staff than the Association Membership. Communities participating at this membership level can also take advantage of additional training opportunities that may not be included in the Network Membership package by purchasing, at a discounted rate, services from the MMSA Menu of Services. This membership fee is $1,000 annually.

The Main Street Membership is the most comprehensive and valuable package offered. It is only offered to currently designated Main Street Communities or those invited to participate in the MMSA Annual Application Workshop and Selection Process. Communities participating at this membership level can also take advantage of additional training opportunities that may not be included in the membership package by purchasing, at the lowest discounted rate, services from the MMSA Menu of Services. Many of the services listed are provided with the Main Street Membership. The MMSA Membership fee is $10,000 the first year, $6,000 the second year, $4,000 the third year and $2,000 annually thereafter.

Designated Main Street Communities receive a minimum of $25,000 in Technical Assistance during the first year in the program. This is the only membership level that authorizes a community the use of the Main Street trademarked name and Mississippi Main Street logo. It is also the only membership level that has Exclusive rights to Mississippi Main Street Logo/Road Sign Usage provided by MDOT in conjunction with MMSA.

To see a complete listing of Membership Packages, Menu of Services or to learn more about MMSA, please visit

Biloxi Main Street’s Bond-Grant House Wins Award


November 2008 -- The Mississippi Renaissance Garden Foundation, Inc. presented the "Bringing Back the Beauty" Site Award to the Main Street Biloxi Bond-Grant House. The award recognizes outstanding efforts in landscaping, display of civic pride and contributions toward the restoration of green space and beauty, for setting standards for a cleaner and finer quality of life and for contributions to the Renaissance of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
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