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Mississippi cities finding their place for growth

Tupelo was an early state leader in this movement when it received a grant in 1999 to develop Fairpark on what was once the county fairgrounds and extend the connection between downtown and Elvis Presley's birthplace. Fair Park incorporates businesses, restaurants, entertainment, retail shops and hotels. This view is from the rooftop of the Park Heights Restaurant.

By LYNN LOFTON  Cleveland, Water Valley, Tupelo, Columbus, Bay St. Louis, Natchez, Vicksburg, Ocean Springs — what do these Mississippi cities have in common? These are some of the municipalities that are good examples of the Main Street concept of placemaking. Public spaces in these towns have a real sense of place. They are designed to attract and serve people, ...

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39 Mississippi cities gain Main Street accreditation

Special to the MBJ Thirty-nine Mississippi cities have been designated as accredited National Main Street Programs for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, according to a news release by the Mississippi Main Street Association. The cities are Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Batesville, Belhaven, Biloxi, Booneville, Canton, Carthage, Cleveland, Clinton, Columbia, Columbus, Corinth, Greenville, ...

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MMSA to welcome 'Small Town, Miss.' as new member

The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) will welcome a new member next week, and the community that is joining might come as a surprise to many. On Feb. 13, the MMSA will designate the City of Small Town, Miss., an official Mississippi Main Street Community. The designation ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge at the ...

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Event looks to put businesses in vacant downtown buildings

Two economic development organizations and a public university have teamed up for an event aimed at matching businesses with available sites in Natchez. On Nov. 9, “Possibilities Tour: Turning Deserted Spaces into Dynamic Places” will be held from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. in downtown Natchez, and will showcase 12 vacant buildings on Main and Franklin streets that are available for sale ...

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Helping Pascagoula rebound nets Rebecca Davis Mississippi Main Street Beasley Scholarship

The work of Rebecca Davis in helping Pascagoula gain new life after the destruction of Katrina won her Mississippi Main Street Association’s Charles O. Beasley Scholarship Award, an annual honor that goes to a Main Street manager who has shown outstanding service to the community and program. Davis received the award at the Mississippi Main Street Association’s 2011 Annual Awards ...

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West Point, Woodville take Main Street honors

Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant is old enough to remember when Capitol Street in Jackson served as the state’s largest and most popular shopping destination. “How exciting that was for us,” Bryant said, recounting the shopping trips he and his brother would take with their mother to Downtown Jackson. While she shopped, Bryant said, he and his brother would watch a ...

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Q&A: Bob Wilson, Executive Director, Mississippi Main St. Association

Downtown business Wilson finds success on Main Street A graduate of Delta State University, Wilson began his career with the Mississippi Main Street Association in 1998 as director of program services.  He has served as executive director of the organization since 2005 and is currently an appointed member of the 2009-2010 Delta Leadership Institute.  Wilson recently sat down with the ...

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Wilson lands MTA board seat

Bob Wilson, executive director of the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA), has been elected to the board of directors for the Mississippi Tourism Association (MTA). Wilson will serve as vice president of tourism-related industry for the 2010-2011 year term. Wilson has more than 30 years of sales and marketing experience. He has been with MMSA since 1998 and has served ...

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