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Are you looking for a way to be involved in the Downtown Laurel community and Laurel Main Street? We have a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year, and we’d love to have you or your organization or club as a partner for volunteering. Please fill out the form to register as an official LMS Volunteer!

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Volunteering with Laurel Main Street means SO much! As an LMS volunteer, you are lending a helping hand to those who attend our events and aiding in the growth and revitalization of America’s Hometown, Laurel. You will get to be a part of events like Loblolly Festival, Downtown Countdown the Chili Cook Off, Crawfest, and so much more!

We are thankful for our past volunteers and volunteer organizations and we are looking forward to working with so many new volunteers! Will you be next??

Final Downtown Thursday of the Summer

Do you love homemade and homegrown items? Are you looking for a place to relax on a Thursday evening? Shop for those Mississippi-grown items at the Laurel Farmers Market, and then relax with some live music and a movie night on the FINAL Downtown Thursday of the summer!

This Thursday, July 14, will be our last Downtown Thursday of the summer! First, join us for the farmers market and live music featuring Charayana & Band from 5 to 8 PM. Then, settle down in the back lot to enjoy an outdoor movie night featuring Encanto.

Everyone has had so much fun on Downtown Thursdays, and we don’t want you to miss your chance to join in on the fun! Thank you to Central Sun Belt and all volunteers who make Downtown Thursdays with the Laurel Farmers Market and Downtown Movie Night possible!! Laurel Main Street is so happy to be a part of this event that makes summertime in Downtown extra fun!

PRESS RELEASE: New Officers, Members elected to MMSA Board

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMedia Contact: Jeannie Zieren, Director of Communication & MarketingEmail: jeannie@msmainstreet.com, Tel: 601-339-2042

NEW OFFICERS, MEMBERS ELECTED TO 2022-2023 MISSISSIPPI MAIN STREET BOARD OF DIRECTORSJACKSON, Miss. (June 29, 2022) – A new executive committee, three at-large board members, and a directors’ representative have been elected to the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) Board of Directors to lead the efforts of the statewide community and economic development organization for 2022-2023.

Michelle Jones of Starkville, Miss. has been elected to serve as MMSA board president for 2022-2023.

“It is an exciting time to be a part of Mississippi Main Street, and I’m looking forward to working with the board, Main Street directors, and community leaders across the state this year,” Jones said.

Jones was the Certified Local Government Coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History from 1994-2019.  She helped establish the Starkville Main Street program in 2010 and has served in numerous volunteer capacities in Starkville.  She and her husband Briar own The Cottage Industry Starkville that has rehabilitated numerous historic homes in Starkville, and she works with the Vernacular Architecture Forum as the conference planner.

The newly-elected MMSA executive officers are: President Michelle Jones, owner of The Cottage Industry Starkville; Vice-President Marlo Dorsey, executive director of Visit Hattiesburg in Hattiesburg; Treasurer Chris Hinton, community development manager at Entergy in Jackson; and Past President Chis Chain, president of Renovations of Mississippi, Inc. in Columbus.

New at-large board members elected to serve include Kelle Barfield, owner of Lorelei Books and Delta Warren Properties in Vicksburg; Mandy Hegwood, Vice President of Neel-Schaffer, Inc. in Laurel; and Chance McDavid, Project Director at John C. Stennis Institute of Government & Community Development in Starkville.

A new Directors’ Representative has also been elected to the state board by the directors of the 48 designated Main Street programs in Mississippi. Cynthia Sutton, director of the Ocean Springs Chamber – Main Street – Tourism Bureau, was elected to represent District 1 of the local programs in the state. She joins Jamie Sowell of Senatobia Main Street who represents District 2, and Lori Tucker of Booneville Main Street and Tourism who represents District 3 in the state.

Board members continuing to serve on the state board include: Tomeka Durr-Wiley, commercial development project manager at Mississippi Power in Gulfport; Regina Charboneau, owner of Regina’s Kitchen in Natchez; Brent Fairley, senior vice president/market president at Hancock Whitney Bank in Gulfport; Jim Rosenblatt, dean emeritus and professor at Mississippi College Law School in Jackson; Carolyn McAdams, mayor of the city of Greenwood; Brad Reeves, attorney at Randall Segrest in Jackson; Steve Kelly, board member emeritus; Ken P’Pool, board member emeritus; Lydia Charles, grants administrator at the Mississippi Department of Archives & History; Leah Kemp, director of the Fred Carl Jr. Small Town Center at Mississippi State University; and Laura Hipp, deputy executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority.

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Download Photo of Michelle Jones, 2022-2023 MMSA Board President

The mission of the Mississippi Main Street Association is to be a catalyst for the preservation and economic revitalization of Mississippi’s historic downtowns and districts.The Mississippi Main Street Association provides visionary leadership to Mississippi’s most storied places. We foster economic and community development through strategies that promote community engagement, pride of place, and quality design to achieve long-term economic growth. MMSA empowers Mississippi’s local Main Street leaders to create vibrant places and thriving economies by implementing the Main Street Approach — organization, design, promotion, and economic vitality. Since 1993, MMSA has provided more than $5 billion in public and private re-investment back into Main Street communities. For more information, visitwww.msmainstreet.com.

Laurel Main Street Winner of the Outstanding Community Engagement Effort Award

Thomas Steinwinder with MMSA Executive Director Thomas Gregory

Outstanding Community Engagement Effort – This award recognizes an effort by a local Main Street program that brings a diverse cross-sector of the community together for a common purpose.

Winner: Laurel Main Street – Laurel Leap Day Tournament

“One of our most closely held beliefs is that good events can bridge gaps between cultures, demographics, and individuals. In an area where high school sports still fill bleachers in gyms and stadiums, a street ball tournament had all the markings of community engagement. Laurel Leap Day (a pun on both basketball and the leap year) took place the last Saturday in February, and it was a resounding success. The main event was an elimination-style tournament. 3-on-3 streetball sparked all the competition and fun Laurel Main Street could have hoped for, with crowds cheering for their favorite teams and players.

20 teams banded together to compete for the $500 top prize and, of course, bragging rights. For those who lost the tournament, a slam dunk competition and a three-point shoot-off gave chances for redemption. Attendees milled about shopping at downtown businesses and munching on the street fair food. With entry fees and sponsorships, the event was both free to the public and a fantastic fundraiser.”

Mississippi Main Street Announces 2022 Award Winners

JACKSON, Miss. (June 16, 2022) –

The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) celebrated achievements of Mississippi Main Street Communities at the Annual Awards Luncheon at The South Warehouse in downtown Jackson.

The annual awards luncheon honors Main Street directors, board members and volunteers and recognizes the most outstanding downtown development and preservation projects and events from Main Street communities in Mississippi.

“The Annual Awards Luncheon is the highlight of our year where we get to celebrate the people, projects, and initiatives that make Mississippi’s downtowns the hub of activity in their communities,” said Thomas Gregory, MMSA Executive Director. “Our local Main Street programs work hard to implement a strategic plan of work focused on downtown revitalization, and we are proud to recognize the success stories that our programs accomplished over the past year.”

MMSA staff presented the 2022 awards to recipients from Designated Main Street Communities throughout the state.

This year’s award recipients are:

Biloxi Main Street

Team Cleveland Main Street

Main Street Clinton

Main Street Columbus

Main Street Greenville

Main Street Greenwood, Inc.

Downtown Hattiesburg Association

Holly Springs Main Street Chamber

Laurel Main Street

Nettleton Main Street

New Albany Main Street

Ocean Springs Main Street

Main Street Pascagoula

Picayune Main Street, Inc.

Pontotoc County Main Street Chamber

Ripley Main Street

Senatobia Main Street

Sumrall Main Street Association

Starkville Main Street Association

Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association

Vicksburg Main Street Program

West Point Main Street

Woodville/Wilkinson County Main Street Association

2021-2022 MMSA Board President Chris Chain of Renovations of Mississippi recognized award sponsors, annual investors, and special guests before presiding over the general business meeting.

In addition, the 2022 Nationally Accredited Main Street programs were recognized, as well as new community members, and Main Street directors who have served for 10 years or longer in their communities.

This year’s Annual Awards Sponsors include Hotel 27, Atmos Energy, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Belinda Stewart Architects, Mississippi State University Extension, the Fred Carl Jr. Small Town Center, Main Street Pascagoula, and New Albany Main Street. Mrs. Paula Beasley of Gulfport provided the Charles Beasley Scholarship Award for the Outstanding Main Street Director of the Year.

The Mississippi Development Authority, Entergy Mississippi, Mississippi Power, and Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area were recognized as corporate sponsors of this year’s awards program.

In 2021, Mississippi Main Street’s Designated Communities generated 193 net new businesses, 49 business expansions to existing businesses, 603 net new jobs, 58 building rehabilitations, and 241 downtown residential units. In addition, 95 public improvement projects were completed as well as 14 new construction projects in downtown business districts. More than $186 million was invested by the public and private sectors in 2021, and more than 28,452 volunteer hours were recorded.

Every dollar spent in this organization results in $80 of private investment, the highest return on investment of any economic activity in the state. Since 1993, MMSA has generated more than $5.9 billion in private and public investment (including more than $1.6 billion in public investment).

MMSA currently has 48 Designated Main Street Communities, five Network Communities, and 13 Associate Communities.

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2022 Award Winners

Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) is a catalyst for the preservation and economic revitalization of Mississippi’s historic downtowns and districts. As a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program, MMSA helps lead a powerful, grassroots network consisting of more than 40 Coordinating Programs and over 1,200 neighborhoods and communities across the country committed to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.