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Company working to revitalize Meridian

MERIDIAN — A Jackson economic development consulting agency has been hired by the city of Meridian to revitalize the downtown area. Mayor Cheri Barry tells The Meridian Star that the city has hired Watkins Development, which rebuilt the King Edward Hotel in Jackson, to come with a plan to develop all of Meridian, including downtown, over the next 10 years. ...

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City seeking federal assistance for Threefoot

MERIDIAN — Harsh economic times have stymied efforts to restore Meridian’s Threefoot Building, a 16-story art deco structure now listed as one of America’s Most Endangered Historic Places. Built by a prominent family in the 1920s, the building is one of only three art deco skyscrapers in Mississippi. Mayor Cheri Barry and officials with the state Department of Archives and ...

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Starkville becomes 50th Main Street community

STARKVILLE — On Sept. 9, the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) will officially designate the City of Starkville as a Main Street Community. The designation ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership (GSDP) office in downtown Starkville. Starkville will become the 50th Main Street Community in Mississippi and the only community designated for 2010. ...

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City chosen for 'Placemaking' pilot project

TUPELO — The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Project for Public Spaces (PPS) has chosen Tupelo for a pilot demonstration project that will operate on the principles of Placemaking to revitalize the Mississippi Main Street community. The project will engage a wide range of Tupelo stakeholders, community members and the Mississippi Department of Transportation to enliven its Main Street ...

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Handing over the project

Despite rough economy, David Watkins believes Riverwalk could become a reality In December, Jackson developer David Watkins unveiled plans for Riverwalk and Town Lake, an ambitious project that would feature a mile-long, concrete-lined canal that starts at Farish Street and ends at Court Street, where it would empty into a 35-acre lake that connected to the Pearl River. Watkins, who ...

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Tale of Two Cities

The City of Jackson can create a successful revitalization program in its central business district just like the one now shared by neighboring Baton Rouge, La., and East Baton Rouge parish. More than 60 Jackson area business and civic leaders heard that message often last week, spending parts of two days in the Louisiana capital, admiring the progress in person ...

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