Mississippi Main Street to Celebrate 30th Annual Awards, June 13 in Jackson


Economic Vitality Summit will be held June 11-13 in Clinton and Jackson, prior to the awards luncheon.

JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) will celebrate the achievements of Mississippi Main Street communities at its 30th Annual Awards Meeting and luncheon on Thursday, June 13 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 individual awards. 
The Town of Byhalia will be recognized as a new Main Street Community. Past MMSA Board Presidents in attendance will be recognized and Main Street directors with more than 10 years of service. 
A statewide Main Street video will also premiere during the awards meeting.
"This is the Mississippi Main Street Association’s most important event of the year, and it is particularly significant as 2019 is the organization's 35th anniversary year and 30th year to have an annual awards meeting," said Ed Gardner, MMSA Board President and Director of Business and Economic Development for Entergy. 
"We are thrilled to honor and recognize our economic development and preservation heroes throughout Mississippi's downtowns," Gardner said.
This year's awards sponsors are LPK Architects, Renovations of Mississippi and neonFROG, inc.
As part of the anniversary year, MMSA will be hosting an Economic Vitality Summit in Clinton on June 11-12 and also hosting preservation training in Jackson prior to the awards luncheon. Donovan Rypkema of PlaceEconomics is the keynote speaker on June 12 at Mississippi College. 
The Economic Vitality Summit is geared to professionals and those interested in preservation-based historic commercial district revitalization and is applicable to communities of all sizes.

In 2018, Mississippi Main Street cities generated 247 net new businesses, 68 business expansions to existing businesses, 1,225 net new jobs, 84 façade rehabilitations and 309 downtown residential units. More than 45,312 volunteer hours were recorded. 

MMSA currently has 53 active Main Street programs that includes 47 Main Street communities and six downtown network members.
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.
For information about the Awards Luncheon or Economic Vitality Summit, email jeanniewaller@msmainstreet.com or go to www.msmainstreet.com.
A news release with a list of award winners will be sent June 13 immediately following the awards ceremony. Media are invited to attend the Annual Awards meeting.