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 20 at the Old Capitol Inn in downtown Jackson.
This year marks the 24th anniversary of the association. A scholarship auction will be held from 10:30 a.m.-11:20 a.m. prior to the luncheon and awards ceremony, which begins at 11:30 a.m. The auction will feature fine Mississippi-made products as well as boutique spa, hotel, and gift packages that “showcase” Mississippi Main Street Communities.
All proceeds from the auction support the Charles O. Beasley Scholarship fund, which is awarded annually to the Outstanding Main Street Manager of the Year. The Charles Beasley award provides a scholarship for the manager of the year to attend the next year’s National Main Streets Conference.
“This year’s ceremony will honor the individuals and groups who distinguish themselves in downtown revitalization in Mississippi,” said Bob Wilson, MMSA Executive Director. “They are our true champions on Main Street.”
The ceremony will include awards in the categories of design, economic restructuring, organization and promotion, as well as special awards. The awards presentation will be made by MMSA staff and 2013-2014 Board President Joey Hudnall of Jackson.
The Mississippi Main Street program, a program of the Mississippi Development Authority and the National Main Street Center, Inc., has been responsible for more than $4.5 billion in combined public and private investment in Mississippi since 1993, including more than $1 million in public investment.
In 2012, Mississippi Main Street cities generated 228 net new businesses, 53 business expansions, 1,248 net new jobs, 111 façade rehabilitations and 160 upper floor housing units. More than 57,005 volunteer hours were recorded.
MMSA currently has 51 active Main Street cities throughout the state, six Downtown Network members and numerous Association and Allied members.
More than 1,800 Main Street programs participate in 50 other states as well as the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. The National Main Street Center is an economic development program and subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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Source: Mississippi Main Street Association