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Cities gain national accreditation

The following Main Street communities in Mississippi have been designated as accredited Main Street America programs for meeting standards set by the National Main Street Center: Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Batesville, Belhaven, Biloxi, Booneville, Canton, Carthage, Cleveland, Clinton, Columbia, Columbus, Corinth, Crystal Springs, Greenville, Greenwood, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Hernando, Holly Springs, Houston, Indianola, Kosciusko, Laurel, Louisville/Noxapater, Macon, Meridian, New Albany, Ocean Springs, ...

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Main Street program keeps towns, cities focused and vital

economic development

  By JACK WEATHERLY  A wave of “urban renewal” left many American cities and towns with fewer historic buildings and a reduced sense of place. A counter-movement has sought to reverse that trend and preserve history. Main Street America was founded in 1980, and it soon found traction in Mississippi, a state long on history, and, in many places, short ...

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Coast city launches 'Pelican Pound' promotional campaign

A Mississippi Gulf Coast community has unveiled a new effort to keep consumer spending within its city limits. The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau has launched new items to promote the “totally locally” Pelican Pound campaign to help encourage residents and visitors to buy local. The new campaign features pelican artwork by artist Elizabeth Huffmaster. The pelican pound, ...

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Delta downtown officials form new organization

GREENWOOD — The Delta Downtown Alliance (DDA), an alliance of downtown representatives from throughout the Mississippi Delta, has been founded. The DDA’s mission is to strengthen the promotion and publicity of events and projects in historic downtowns throughout the Mississippi Delta in order to unite the region through information sharing and coordinated communication. There are no membership fees for joining, but any ...

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Joint state tourism conference to be held in Louisiana

MARKSVILLE, La. — Small business owners and tourism professionals can learn how to translate tourism into dollars from expert speakers at an upcoming conference. The Miss-Lou Tourism Summit will be held Feb. 25-27 at the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, La. “This year’s event focus is marketing and public relations, with an emphasis on establishing unique relationships and trying different ...

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Joey Hudnall elected Mississippi Main Street Board President

JACKSON, Mississippi —  Joey Hudnall of Jackson-based Neel-Schaffer, Inc., was elected the 2013-2014 President of the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) Board of Directors. He has served as Treasurer and Vice President on the executive committee since joining the board in 2011. The MMSA board is made up of a statewide group of business, government and community leaders. Barry Plunkett, ...

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Main Street to designate Como Downtown Network Member

COMO — On June 11, the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) will designate the City of Como as a Downtown Network Member of the association. The designation will be held at 4:30 p.m. at 215 Main Street in downtown Como. Como joins Long Beach, Winona, Belzoni, Eupora, Forest and the University of Mississippi Medical Center as Main Street Network Communities ...

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Main Street turns attention to blighted properties

GULFPORT — Now that downtown historic storefronts have been renovated, drawing new tenants and customers, Gulfport’s Main Street director is turning her attention to vacant lots potentially contaminated by petroleum or hazardous chemicals. The city wants to identify and assess contaminated properties that can be returned to productivity, generating jobs and tax revenue. Lisa Bradley, executive director of Gulfport Main ...

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