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Main Street Greenwood receives grant for downtown festival

MAC Grant pays for judges and music in Greenwood

    $4100 MAC Grant Received!  

Greenwood Main Street is thrilled to announce that Main Street Greenwood received a $4,100 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission. This grant will be allocated to increase the musical entertainment for Que on the Yazoo 2018 and pay for our judges. We will be hiring more Mississippi musicians to be featured in the event.


Main Street Greenwood, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of downtown Greenwood, MS. We promote and support our members who support us. If you would like to be a part of our organization or learn more about us please contact us!

(662) 453-7625 or (662) 453-0365

Wayfinding signs show the way in downtown Biloxi

Show me the way in downtown Biloxi!


New Wayfinding signs give visitors electronic walking maps to area attractions


Biloxi Main Street Association is installing more than 70 temporary wayfinding signs across its downtown district to answer to the often-asked questions from visitors “how can I find out what is going on around here.”


“We are installing a unique GIS-based  wayfinding signage system throughout our downtown district to not only point the way to dozens of  attractions, restaurants and nightclubs but to provide detailed walking maps by the scanning of a QR code on visitors’ cell phones,” said Kay Miller, executive director, Biloxi Main Street.


While waiting to have permanent and historically-appropriate signs installed in the district, the Main Street’s Economic Vitality committee came up with the idea of using the Walk your City temporary sign system to ensure sure new visitors to the area know how to locate the many attractions in Biloxi’s downtown area.


Each sign features a directional arrow and a QR code linked to Google Maps to give direction to the attractions listed on each sign.


“We received a grant from the Knight Cities Foundation administered by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to allow this signage system to happen,” says Miller.  “Now the thousands of visitors to our downtown Biloxi will have an immediate mechanism to get directions to our attractions and get detailed Google maps on their mobile devices as well.”


All the wayfinding signs are catalogued on a mobile app which gives the Main Street group immediate metrics to see which signs are receiving the most and least scans to make decisions on subsequent sign placement.


The Biloxi Main Street Association is a nonprofit leadership group run by dozens of interested citizens aimed at stimulating downtown economic development and preserving the unique historical significance of the area.


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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Kay Miller at 228.435.6339 or email at

Greenwood-based Misissippi Gift Company Featured in Google’s 2016 Economic Impact Report

The Misissippi Gift Company Featured in Google’s 2016 Economic Impact Report

Greenwood, MS-based company showcases use of Internet to grow business


Cindy Tyler

1-800-467-7763 |

The Mississippi Gift Company is pleased to be featured in an annual Economic Impact Report released this week by Google. The Mississippi Gift Company was selected by Google to represent Mississippi as an example of a business utilizing the Internet to grow their business.

From their hometown of Greenwood, Mississippi, Cindy Tyler, owner of The Mississippi Gift Company and her designers, travel the towns and back roads of Mississippi to hand curate the best Mississippi made food, gifts and home decor for Mississippians and displaced Mississippians to share with their clients, friends and family.

"We founded The Mississippi Gift Company over 23 years ago and with the help of Google, have become a successful eCommerce site, mail order cataloger, retail location and tourist destination dedicated to celebrating Mississippi," said Tyler.  "Our unique and handcrafted Mississippi specialties ship direct to our customers' door from our fulfillment/retail center located in downtown Greenwood, Mississippi in the heart of the Mississippi Delta."

“The web is working for American businesses, and we’re continuously impressed by the extraordinary feats people can accomplish when they have access to information and the tools to put it to use,” says Mary Ellen Coe, President, Google Marketing Solutions. “Whether we’re connecting businesses with customers around the world, enabling publishers to earn money from their online content, or helping non-profits rally people in support of their mission, our search and advertising tools create opportunities for businesses, large and small, to grow and thrive.”

Google’s search and advertising tools helped provide $222 billion of economic activity for 1.5 million businesses, website publishers, and non-profits across the U.S. in 2016.

For more information about Google’s Economic Impact Report for Mississippi, please visit For more information about The Mississippi Gift Company please visit

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Area songwriters invited to enter bicentennial contest

Area songwriters invited to enter bicentennial contest

Dispatch Staff Report

July 22, 2017


In celebration of Mississippi's bicentennial, Main Street Columbus and the Columbus Arts Council present the Mississippi Bicentennial Songwriting Contest. Golden Triangle songwriters in Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Clay Counties are invited to enter by an Aug. 31 deadline to vie for cash prizes. There is no cost to enter. 


Amateur and professional contestants at least 16 years of age are encouraged to submit original songs celebrating the Magnolia State. No recordings are necessary to enter; all judging will be of live performance. Songs should be no longer than five minutes and may have multiple cowriters, but only one name should be designated on the entry. One entry per songwriter or songwriting team is allowed.  


The first round of live performance judging will be for a panel of five judges only (no audience) on Friday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center. Eight finalists will be invited to perform in a second round free public concert Tuesday, Oct. 10 in the Trotter Convention Center Courtyard beginning at 5:30 p.m. No more than two people can be on stage during a performance. Songs will be judged on melody, composition, originality and lyrics. Winners will be announced Oct. 10. Prizes are $300 first place, $200 second place and $100 for third place. 


This event, an official bicentennial project, is made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the Mississippi Development Authority. Bicentennial project sponsors also include Visit Columbus, Mississippi Arts Commission, The Dispatch, Mississippi University for Women Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy and an anonymous donor's gift in memory of Lilla Pratt Rosamond and John Brown. 


For more information and contest rules, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305 or visit

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