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MMSA Team Makes Planning Visit to Byhalia


Staff members from the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) toured Byhalia on Friday, Jan. 16 along with several community leaders. The tour was made in preparation for the upcoming Economic Development Charrette program to be conducted in Byhalia on May 4-6. The charrette program identifies assets of the community, visually presents design recommendations, preservation projects and promotion opportunities to the community through a printed piece designed to create excitement on the part of the citizens, private sector businesses and the public sector.

Photo: Sam Agnew, MMSA Program Director, Northern District; Sarah Sawyer, Executive Director, Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce, Bill Mobley, Marshall Co. IDA Director; Stacy Pair, MMSA Program Director, Southern District; Jan Miller, Program Director, Central District; Rick DeBardeleben, Byhalia Alderman; Randy Wilson, MMSA Director of Design Services; and Leah Grant, Chamber Board Director. Attending the meeting but not pictured: Alderman Phil Malone, Rev. Anthony Langley and Design Consultant Cheilus Carter.

Annual Chidren’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade in Biloxi

Saturday, February 21, 2009
1:00 P.M.

The City of Biloxi, the Mardi Gras Museum, and Gulf Coast Carnival Association invite all children ages 12 and younger to participate in the annual Children’s Mardi Gras walking parade February 21, 2009. This is a non-motorized parade. Bikes, skates, skateboards, scooters and wagons are acceptable. Children are encouraged to be creative and dress in costumes and decorate their bikes, wagons, etc. The theme for this year’s parade will be “Islands around the World”. Costumes and Floats will be judged according to the theme. This will give the children the opportunity to use their imagination and express what Mardi Gras means to them.

Parade will begin at 1:00 p.m. under the I-110 over pass on Howard Ave. It will continue east on Howard thru the Vieux Marche Mall and turn south on Lameuse Street and end at the Biloxi Town Green. Participants need to arrive under the overpass to sign in at
12:00 p.m. A limited amount of throws will be available for the children. Children are encouraged bring additional throws. Parents and guardians are welcomed to walk with the children. Children 9 years of age and younger are required to have a parent/guardian walk with them. Applications will be distributed through all Biloxi Schools or can be picked up at the Recreation Office in Hiller Park and the Downtown Services Office located at 932 Howard Ave. at the Bond-Grant House. Applications need to be turned into the Downtown Services Office or mailed to P.O. Box 429, Biloxi, MS. 39533, by Friday, February 13th.

At the conclusion of the parade the Biloxi Parks and Recreation Department will have refreshments for all participants of the parade. There will be a costume and float contest for individuals immediately following the parade. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded. For more information, please call Kay Miller @ 228-435-6339.

Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association Hires Ole Miss Graduate

Megan Daniel new Events Coordinator and Marketing Program Associate
There’s a new face in Downtown Tupelo. Megan Daniel joins the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association in the newly created position of Events Coordinator and Marketing Program Associate.

“This is the perfect job for me. I have always loved downtown areas and I’m thrilled about the opportunity to market Tupelo,” said Daniel of her new position.

She will be responsible for planning and implementing special events, primarily the Elvis Presley Festival to be held June 5-7, 2009, and marketing the downtown area to local patrons.

Daniel is a recent graduate of the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in political science. During college, she interned for the North Mississippi Medical Center’s Marketing Department and the University of Mississippi’s Public and Media Relations Department. Most recently she was an account executive at the Mabus Birch Agency in Tupelo.

“Megan is a great addition to our organization and I’m excited about working with her,” said Debbie Brangenberg, Director of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association.

Mississippi Main Street to hold Main Street Institute in Jackson, Jan. 29-30

Deadline to register for Main Street Institute is Friday, Jan. 23
The Mississippi Main Street Association will hold a Main Street Institute on Jan. 29-30 at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson, Miss. The program will include extensive training on the Main Street Four-Point Approach: Organization, Design, Economic Restructuring and Promotion.

New manager orientation, monthly reporting and heritage travel promotion are also on the agenda in addition to the Four-Point training. The speaker line-up is as follows:

Elise Tinsley, Program Officer of the National Trust Main Street Center, will present on Organization and Economic Restructuring;

Randy Wilson, Director of Design Services of the Mississippi Main Street Association, will present on Design;

Stacy Pair, Southern District Director of the Mississippi Main Street Association, and Jan Miller, Central District Director of the Mississippi Main Street Association, will both present on Promotion.

Kathy Adams, Senior Director, Heritage Destinations of Heritage Travel, Inc., will present a new Heritage Travel program that is a Subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

For a complete schedule and registration information, refer to the Institute Agenda. Mississippi Main Street Managers are required to attend as part of their on-going training, and members of local boards, committee chairs and friends of Main Street are encouraged to attend. Deadline to register is Friday, January 23.

For more information, call 601-987-8741 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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