The presentation of awards was made by MMSA Executive Director Bob Wilson and 2013-2014 Board President Joey Hudnall.
“This year’s award winners reflect the commitment of many individuals and groups who champion what Main Street is all about – developing the heart of our communities, our historic downtowns, and enhancing quality of life for everyone,” Wilson said.
Since 1993, MMSA, a program of the Mississippi Development Authority, has generated nearly $4.5 billion in private and public investment (including more than $1 million in public investment). In 2012, Mississippi Main Street communities generated 228 net new businesses, 53 business expansions, 1,248 net new jobs, 111 façade rehabilitations and 160 upper floor housing developments. More than 57,005 volunteer hours were recorded.
MMSA has 51 designated Main Street Communities throughout the state as well as six Downtown Networks and several Association Members.
Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. More than 1,800 Main Street programs participate in 50 other states as well as the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.
Award listing is below:
|Design||Best Adaptive Re-use Project||Shane Crausby Commercial Real Estate||WINNER||Pontotoc||Shane Crausby|
|Design||Best Façade Rehabilitation Over $10,000||Kosciusko Strand Theatre Façade Restoration||WINNER||Kosciusko||Mayor Jimmy Cockroft and Ingrid Gonzalez-Featherston|
|Design||Best Façade Rehabilitation Under $10,000||Onje’s Bakery||WINNER||Greenwood||Marion Howard or Brantley Snipes|
|Design||Best Historic Rehabilitation Project||Woodville Lofts and Studios||WINNER||Woodville||James Derbes and Jan Katz|
|Design||Best New Signage||studio 5 fifty arts center||WINNER||Laurel||Brad Kent and Robby Scruggs|
|Design||Best Public Improvement Project||Breezeway Project||(TIE) WINNER||Carthage||Aaron Akers and Russell Baty|
|Design||Best Public Improvement Project||We Are Laurel||(TIE) WINNER||Laurel||Rex Gilbert and James Hill|
|Design||Best Public/Private Improvement Project||Carrollton/Johnson District Revitalization||WINNER||Greenwood||Marion Howard or Brantley Snipes|
|Econ R||Best Public-Private Partnership Project||Earth’s Bounty||WINNER||Meridian||Maureen Lofton|
|Econ R||Best Business Retention/Recruitment
Program for Downtown
|Main Street Clinton’s New Business Recruitment Packet||WINNER||Clinton||Chris Graham and Nolan Aikens|
|Econ R||Best New Development Project||Rue Vieux LLC||WINNER||Biloxi||Laura Bolton and Rue Vieux members|
|Econ R||Main Street Merchant of the Year||Yvonne Taylor||WINNER||Batesville||Yvonne Taylor|
|Organization||Best Creative Fundraising Project||Club Whispers Panel Auction||WINNER||Greenwood||Brantley Snipes|
|Promotion||Best Image or Branding Promotion||Hooked on Pontotoc||WINNER||Pontotoc||Mayor Jeff Stafford|
|Promotion||Best Culinary Arts Event||Don’t Be Cruel Bar-B-Q Duel||WINNER||Tupelo||Bev Crossen|
|Promotion||Best Newsletter over 5,000||Canton Connections Weekly Newsletter||WINNER||Canton||Jordan Hillman|
|Promotion||Best Downtown Directory||Tunica Main Street and Highway 61 Corridor Brochure||WINNER||Tunica||Lynn Ryals|
|Promotion||Best Retail Promotion||Sip N’ Cider||WINNER||Canton||Logan Horne|
|Promotion||Best Special Event||Peter Anderson Arts and Crafts Festival||(TIE) WINNER||Ocean Springs||Cynthia Dobbs Sutton and Margaret Miller|
|Promotion||Best Special Event||Bricks and Spokes||(TIE) WINNER||Vicksburg||Kim Hopkins|
|Special||Special Service Award (Private Sector)||Aaron Akers||WINNER||Carthage||Aaron Akers|
|Special||Special Service Award (Public Official)||Mayor Steve Rosenthal||(TIE) WINNER||Indianola||Mayor Steve Rosenthal|
|Special||Special Service Award (Public Official)||Mayor Jimmy Wallace||(TIE) WINNER||Carthage||Mayor Jimmy Wallace|
|Special||Spirit of Main Street||Making a Difference on Main Street Program||WINNER||Clinton||David Winborne and George Ewing|
|Special||Charles O. Beasley Award||Margaret Miller||WINNER||Ocean Springs||Margaret Miller|