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Miss. Main Street Announces 2018 Award Winners

MISSISSIPPI MAIN STREET ANNOUNCES  2018 AWARD WINNERS
 
June 21, 2018 - JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) celebrated achievements of Mississippi Main Street Communities at the 29th Annual Awards Luncheon in downtown Jackson. 

MMSA Board President Ed Gardner and MMSA Past President Allison Beasley presented awards to recipients from local Main Street programs throughout the state.

The annual awards luncheon honors Main Street directors, board members and volunteers and recognizes the most outstanding downtown development projects from Main Street communities in Mississippi. 

The 2018 Award Recipients are: 
 
Award Name of Entry (Project or Individual) Community Accepting Award
Premier Partner Northwest Community College Senatobia Main Street Julie R. Bauer
Outstanding Creative Fundraising Cleveland Bites Food Festival Team Cleveland Main Street Tasha Huerta
Outstanding Marketing Que on the Yazoo Marketing Campaign Main Street Greenwood Megan Slaughter/Brantley Snipes
Outstanding Community Education Campaign (2) How Downtown Main Street Greenwood Brantley Snipes
Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trails Vicksburg Main Street Kim Hopkins
Creative New Event (2) Mini Wine Downtown and Shopping Tournament Downtown Tupelo Main Street  Craig Helmuth
Hattiesburlesque Historic Downtown Hattiesburg  Abigail Lenz-Allen and Rebecca Chandler
Outstanding Retail Promotion Sit, Stay, Play, Greenwood Main Street Greenwood Brantley Snipes
Outstanding Image Promotion (2) Meet Me on Main Street Main Street Clinton Jonathan Nutt
Downtown Greenwood Promo Video Main Street Greenwood Matthew Moore/Brantley Snipes
Outstanding Historic Rehabilitation Project Starkville Police Department Starkville Main Street Chief Frank Nichols
Outstanding Public Improvement Project (2) Russell Street Corridor - Entrance to Downtown Starkville Starkville Main Street Michelle Jones
Crosby Commons Picayune Main Street Jim Luke
Outstanding Visual Merchandising Project The Lucky Rabbit Historic Downtown Hattiesburg  Abbey & Brandon Thaxton
Outstanding New Development Project Brady's Steak and Seafood Pascagoula Main Street Steven Brady & Chad Brady
Outstanding Adaptive Reuse Project The Burton's Building Laurel Main Street Josh Nowell
Outstanding Economic Impact Cottonwood Public House Vicksburg Main Street Tim Cantwell
Outstanding New Business The Steel Forest Furniture Company Columbus Main Street Chip  and Maureen Gerber
Outstanding Community Transformation - Medium Size town Laurel, Mississippi Laurel Main Street Lew Yoder
Outstanding Community Transformation - Small Town  Water Valley, Mississippi Water Valley Main Street Jeff Bynum
Main Street Trailblazer Dr. David L. Beckley Holly Springs Main Street Chamber Dr. David L. Beckley
Merchant of the Year Lott Furniture Company Laurel Main Street Rodney Rowell
Outstanding Director of the Year Kay Miller Biloxi Main Street Kay Miller
Main Street Hero Michelle Jones Starkville Main Street Michelle Jones
Mayor George Flaggs Vicksburg Main Street Mayor George Flaggs
Jim Luke Picayune Main Street Jim Luke
Mallorie Rasberry Laurel Main Street Mallorie Rasberry
Penny Frazier Senatobia Main Street Penny Frazier
Dawn Edwards Hernando Main Street Dawn Edwards
Becky Nowell Team Cleveland Main Street Becky Nowell
Bob Luke Meridian Main Street Bob Luke
Doug Pellum Columbus Main Street Doug Pellum
Mayor Dane Maxwell Pascagoula Main Street Mayor Dane Maxwell
Award of Service Allison Beasley SMPDD Allison Beasley
Award of Service Ken P'Pool MDAH Ken P'Pool 

"This is the Mississippi Main Street Association’s most important event of the year," said Ed Gardner, MMSA Board President. "It gives us an opportunity to meet with and celebrate the local directors and investors throughout the state that are doing the hard work of making our downtown districts more competitive, successful and sustainable."

"We are thrilled to honor our economic development and preservation heroes in Mississippi's downtowns," Gardner said.

Since 1993, Mississippi Main Street Association has generated more than $5 billion in private and public investment (including more than $1.2 billion in public investment).

In 2017, Mississippi Main Street programs generated 325 net new businesses, 95 business expansions to existing businesses, 1,458 net new jobs, 109 façade rehabilitations and 86 downtown residential units. 
 
MMSA currently has 48 active Main Street cities throughout the state, six Downtown Network members, and numerous Associate, Allied professional members, and Friends of Main Street. 
 

Mississippi Main Street to Celebrate 29th Annual Awards, June 21 in Jackson

Mississippi Main Street to Celebrate 29th Annual Awards, June 21 in Jackson
 
The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) will celebrate the achievements of Mississippi Main Street communities and member towns at its Annual Awards Meeting and luncheon on Thursday, June 21 at the Old Capitol Inn in downtown Jackson.
 
The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by the annual meeting and awards ceremony.

During the luncheon, a presentation of awards will be made in the categories of design, economic vitality, organization and promotion, as well as special individual awards. This year's awards sponsors are LPK Architects, Renovations of Mississippi and neonFROG, inc.
 
"This is the Mississippi Main Street Association’s most important event of the year," said Allison Beasley, MMSA President. "It gives us an opportunity to meet with and celebrate the local directors and investors throughout the state that are doing the hard work of making our downtown districts more competitive, successful and sustainable."
 
"We are so excited to be able to honor our economic development and preservation heroes in Mississippi's downtowns," Beasley said.
 
The awards presentation will be made by MMSA staff and board members. The annual awards luncheon honors Main Street directors, board members and other volunteer leaders and recognizes the most outstanding nominees in downtown development from Main Street communities in Mississippi. 
 
Before the Annual Awards Meeting, a preservation training in Real Estate Development of Historic Properties will be held from 8:30-11 a.m. at the William Winter Archives and History Building. The training is geared to Main Street directors and members but it also open to anyone interested in downtown revitalization. 

Since 1993, Mississippi Main Street Association has generated more than $5 billion in private and public investment (including more than $1.2 billion in public investment). 
 
In 2017, Mississippi Main Street programs generated 325 net new businesses, 95 business expansions to existing businesses, 1,458 net new jobs, 109 façade rehabilitations and 86 downtown residential units. 
 
MMSA currently has 48 active Main Street cities throughout the state, six Downtown Network members, and numerous Associate, Allied professional members, and Friends of Main Street. 
 
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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 coordinating program of the National Main Street Center, with many public and private partners.
 
 
 
To make reservations for the awards luncheon, go to: 
https://form.jotform.com/81276809718165.
 
To register for preservation training, go to 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0945aea928a3f94-mississippi.
 
A news release with a list of award winners will be sent June 21 immediately following the awards ceremony. Media are invited to attend the Annual Awards meeting. 

Mississippi Heritage Trust Recognizes 43 Outstanding Preservation Victories and Heroes

 Mississippi Heritage Trust Recognizes 43 Outstanding Preservation Victories and Heroes at 2018 Heritage Awards Celebration

 

It was standing room only on Thursday, June 7, as preservationists from around the state gathered at the historic Ocean Springs Community Center to celebrate 43 amazing achievements in historic preservation.  Presented by BankPlus, the Heritage Award featured the Mississippi Heritage Trust's symbolic magnolia as interpreted by noted Mississippi artist Anthony Difatta.  

 

From the breathtaking restoration of the Mississippi State Capitol to the moving explorations in film that are part of Blue Magnolia Films’ Celebrating Storytellers Bicentennial Project, this year’s awards recognized the hard work and commitment of many individuals, civic organizations, educational institutions and local, county and state governments to preserve the places that tell the story of Mississippi.  A special award presented this year honored the forty years of service by Ken P’Pool, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.  

 

Photographs and descriptions of Heritage Award recipients can be found here:

 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1fCzvLvIFw1m3v7UWvyTQ5msbmr54CQvt?usp=sharing

 

2018 Heritage Awards

 

Heritage Awards for Restoration

Columbus City Hall

Clarksdale Fire Station

Starkville Police Department

Bolivar County Courthouse, Cleveland

Madison County Courthouse, Canton

Pike County Courthouse, Holmesville

Hinds Community College, Administration Building, Raymond

Mississippi State University YMCA, Starkville

Millsaps Hotel Exterior Restoration, Hazlehurst

Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle, Jackson

Dr. Gilbert R. Mason, Sr. Medical Office, Biloxi 

Rich Grain Distilling Co., Canton

Wier Boerner Allin Architecture, Jackson

Crosby Building, Canton

DANE Building, Canton

Merrill-Beasley House, Jackson

The Wierhouse, Brandon

Molly’s Place, Grenada

White Pillars, Biloxi

Wynne House Inn, Holly Springs

Fyke House, Jackson

 

Heritage Award for Archaeology

Moran Site, Biloxi

 

Heritage Awards for Education

The Mississippi Encyclopedia

Blue Magnolia Films-Emmett Till Fellowship Documentary Project

Blue Magnolia Films Celebrating Storytellers Bicentennial Project

The La Pointe-Krebs House Interpretive Museum, Pascagoula

Mississippi Department of Archives and History Two Mississippi Museums, Jackson

Biloxi Historic Cemetery Tour

 

Heritage Awards for Excellence in Stewardship

Mississippi State Hospital, Whitfield

Sedgewood Plantation, Canton

 

Heritage Awards for Catalyst Projects

Capitol Art Lofts, Jackson

Lofts at 517, Greenville

 

Heritage Awards for Organizational Achievement

Heritage Guild of Vicksburg and Warren County

Historic Ocean Springs Association

 

Mississippi Heritage Trust and Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Heritage Award for Excellence in Historic District Preservation

Mill Village Neighborhood Association, Tupelo

 

Heritage Award for Excellence in African American Preservation

Jackson State University Mt. Olive Cemetery Documentation and Preservation, Jackson

 

President’s Award for Outstanding Restoration

Mississippi State Capitol Exterior Restoration

 

Heritage Awards for Distinguished Service

Jessica Crawford

Dr. Scott Crawford

Liz Ford

Barbara Ray Kidd

 

Heritage Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy

Senator Thad Cochran

 

Libby and Al Hollingsworth Award

Ken P’Pool


Downtown Tupelo Main Street receives recognition for efforts

Downtown Main Street Association receives recognition for efforts

 
 

TUPELO – Since its creation more than 25 years ago, the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association has been helping to revitalize the downtown area, working with the city and the Convention & Visitors Bureau to attract more residents and visitors.

 

DTMSA’s efforts have not gone unnoticed, and it has been recognized or nominated for a variety of awards this year.

It is a semifinalist in the “Independent We Stand” competition for $25,000.

 

Independent We Stand supports main streets and small business owners across the country.

 

Among the cities Tupelo is vying against is Collierville, Tennessee, the closest Southern city in the competition.

 

“There are 25 entries right now and three from the Deep South,” DTMSA program associate Reagan Pepper said. “There were not too many competing from around here and we were actually one of the only ones from Mississippi to apply.”

 

DTMSA executive director Debbie Brangenberg said fundraising is critical to help pay for events like the annual Elvis Presley Festival.

 

“We are continually working on ways to diversify and eliminate as much risk as possible,” she said. “As with any nonprofit, fund raising is always a challenge. The bottom line of success for us all is community support.”

 

Winning awards – especially ones with monetary prizes – is one way to diversify the revenue stream.

 

“What I’ve gathered from Independent We Stand is that they see that main streets seem to give back to the community the most, so that’s where they have decided to invest,” Pepper said.

 

The contest is for who is America’s best main street and Pepper said people can vote for DTMSA to win the contest every 24 hours on social media until May 27. The results will be announced June 4.

 

Last month, the Tupelo CVB helped DTMSA secure an official “Southern Travel Treasure” award for the Tupelo Elvis Festival, from AAA Southern Traveler.

 

AAA Southern Traveler is the official travel publication for Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

 

“They were doing an article on the Elvis Festival, and through that earned editorial piece, they awarded DTMSA for the Elvis Festival,” said CVB Public Relations and International Sales Director Jennie Bradford Curlee.

 

“It’s always exciting to have recognition for a signature event,” Curlee said. “USA Today does these types of lists and anytime you get on one of them, it’s another way to let people know what’s going on in your town. So when we get recognition like this, it helps further our story and gets heads in beds and people eating in our restaurants.”

 

DTMSA also was added to former HGTV home improvement host Bob Vila’s “America’s 50 Favorite Streets” list in May.

 
 
 

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