Mississippi Main Street announces Thomas Gregory as new State Coordinator



JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) announced Thomas Gregory of Starkville, Miss. as the new State Coordinator for the organization. 
The announcement was made at the 30th Annual Awards Meeting and luncheon on Thursday, June 13 at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson.
Gregory is a certified planner and has served the past two years with the Carl Small Town Center at Mississippi State University as a community planner. For eight years, Gregory served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Greenwood, Miss., writing grants, administering projects, and implementing the comprehensive plan for the city.

Gregory graduated with a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with specializations in land use planning, real estate development, and historic preservation. Gregory also received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Mississippi State University.
"I am thrilled to be part of a great team at what I believe to be the most effective community and economic development organization in the state of Mississippi," Gregory said.

"I am energized by the important work that lies ahead and I am excited about collaborating with the board of directors and our team to expand the capacity of the Mississippi Main Street Association in the state, including all 53 Main Street communities in Mississippi," he said.
Gregory's primary responsibilities will be administration, advocacy, fundraising, and grant writing. 

He will start with MMSA on July 1 with a district office based in Starkville, and MMSA will also have an office at the GM&O Depot in downtown Jackson, a historic building of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
"I look forward to traveling the state to build partnerships and to get to know our communities so I can begin sharing their stories of success with our supporters in Mississippi," Gregory said. 
Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) has been improving the quality of life in Mississippi for 35 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 $5.4 billion in private and public investment (including nearly $1.3 billion in public investment), 38,097 net new jobs, 5,881 net new businesses, rehabilitated 3,377 buildings and added 3,185 downtown residential units. MMSA is a program of the National Main Street Center, with many public and private partners.