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.

PRESS RELEASE: Laurel Main Street Receives 2022 Main Street America Accreditation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact
Laurel Main Street
Caroline Burks, Executive Director
601-433-3255 | director@laurelmainstreet.com

LAUREL MAIN STREET
RECEIVES 2022 MAIN STREET AMERICA ACCREDITATION

Laurel, MS June 15, 2022 – Laurel Main Street has been designated as an Accredited Main Street AmericaTM program for meeting rigorous performance standards. Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of Accredited programs to recognize their exceptional commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street ApproachTM.

“We are extremely proud to recognize this year’s 863 nationally Accredited Main Street America programs that have worked tirelessly to advance economic vitality and quality of life in their downtowns and commercial districts,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of Main Street America. “During another incredibly challenging year, these programs demonstrated the power of the Main Street movement to respond to the needs of their communities. I am inspired by their steadfast leadership and innovative solutions to drive essential local recovery efforts, support small businesses, and nurture vibrant downtown districts.”

In 2021, Main Street America programs generated $5.76 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,601 net new businesses, generated 30,402 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 10,595 historic buildings, and leveraged 1,427,729 volunteer hours. On average, for every dollar that a Main Street program spent to support their operations, it generated $19.34 of new investment back into Main Street communities.

Laurel Main Street’s performance is annually evaluated by Mississippi Main Street, which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify the local programs that meet rigorous national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building meaningful and sustainable revitalization programs and include standards such as, fostering strong public-private partnerships, supporting small and locally owned businesses, and actively preserving historic places, spaces, and cultural assets.

“Laurel Main Street is proud to be accredited by Main Street America. Accreditation equips Laurel Main Street with the state and national resources to support our members, partners, and stakeholders, as well as providing a framework for sustainable growth for our downtown as a whole,” Caroline Burks, Executive Director

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ABOUT LAUREL MAIN STREET

Founded in 2007, Laurel Main Street is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to revitalizing historic downtown Laurel, MS through preservation and economic growth. To learn more about Laurel Main Street, please visit www.laurelmainstreet.com.

ABOUT MAIN STREET AMERICA

Main Street America leads a movement committed to strengthening communities through preservation-based economic development in older and historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. For more than 40 years, Main Street America has provided a practical, adaptable, and impactful framework for community-driven, comprehensive revitalization through the Main Street ApproachTM. Our network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $95.33 billion in new public and private investment, generated 161,036 net new businesses and 717,723 net new jobs, and rehabilitated more than 314,431 buildings. Main Street America is a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information, visit mainstreet.org.

Summertime Fun in Downtown

Summertime fun in Downtown Laurel has begun and we would like you to join in on our fun this summer! School is out, vacations are beginning, and there are so many fun activities and events happening soon. Let’s take a peek into what summertime fun in downtown will look like this year.

Wine Down Downtown

Everyone’s favorite event is back for the summer on June 17th, July 22nd, & August 19th from 5-8 PM! There will be plenty of wine to taste throughout the downtown area, late-night shopping, live music, and fun for the whole family to join in on. Tickets will be available for purchase online very soon or at the event until 7 PM. Cheers! http://laurelmainstreet.com/wine-down-downtown/ 

Live in Laurel

The final Live in Laurel free, live music concert of the spring concert series will take place on June 11th in the TrustMark Art Park featuring Grits & Greens from 2-5 PM! Grab a cool drink, bring a chair, and relax to the sound of live music in the summertime air.

Downtown Thursdays:

Downtown Thursdays will begin with the Laurel Farmers Market from 5-8 PM and will keep rolling on with a family-friendly movie at The Backlot. Come have some summertime fun in Downtown with a really great lineup of movies! http://laurelmainstreet.com/downtown-thursdays/

Mississippi Made Event

Laurel Mercantile’s Mississippi Made Events will be hosted on June 11th & September 3rd from 9 AM-3 PM! This is your chance to support Mississippi‘s best local makers at their vendor booths in the Mercantile Front Yard.

“Matilda the Musical”

Laurel Little Theatre wraps up its 61st season with the hit musical, “Matilda the Musical” on June 2nd & 3rd at 7:30 PM, June 4th at 2 PM and 7:30 PM, and June 5th at 2 PM at LLT’s Downtown Laurel Arabian Theatre. Make your reservations through 601-428-0140 or visit their website for more information https://laurellittletheatre.com/#matilda.

Mini Golf at the Library

June 10th from 6 PM – 9 PM at the Laurel-Jones County Libraries will be hosting Adult Night for mini golf with unlimited mini golf, hors d’oeuvres, & 2 drink tickets for $25. Also, on June 11th from 9 AM – 3 PM the libraries will also be hosting Family Day! For a 4 pack for 1 round, tickets will be $15 each and sold at the door, including one round of mini golf and other activities. Children 4 and under are free, and additional Family Day single tickets are $4 each. https://www.laurel.lib.ms.us

Ribeye Sandwich Day

Head to The Knight Butcher on June 11th for Ribeye Sandwich Day and music! The ribeye sandwich meal comes with chips and a drink for $13 plus tax.

 

We hope you join the us for fun this summer. This is not all of the MANY events that will be happening over the course of the summer in Downtown Laurel, so check out our social media pages to find out about all of the fun summertime events as they pop up!

PRESS RELEASE The Results Are In: Best of Mississippi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Caroline Burks

Laurel Main Street

(601) 433-3255

info@laurelmainstreet.com

THE RESULTS ARE IN: BEST OF MISSISSIPPI

Laurel Winners and M-Listers in Mississippi Magazine’s 2022 Awards

Laurel, MS––May 4, 2022–– Laurel Main Street is proud to announce multiple

members’ success in Mississippi Magazine’s Annual Best of Mississippi Awards. With

over 20 businesses nominated in Laurel, the town performed well in the competition.

The Best of Mississippi Awards recognizes Mississippi businesses in several categories

such as, Dining, Fashion, Specialty Retail, Homes and Gardens, Health and Beauty,

and Activities. There are sub-categories within for businesses and events to be

nominated for, then Mississippians put it to a vote.

Winning Laurel Main Street Members:

Best Furniture Store– Lott Furniture Co.

Best Fine Paper Goods– Be Amazing Paper Co.

Best Home Decor Resale & Consignment– The Remnant

Best Flea Market– Peddler’s Junktion

Laurel Main Street Members Featured on the MList:

Lee’s Coffee & Tea, Sweet Somethings Bakery, Gecko’s Fresh Eats, The Bookstore in

the Window, Guild & Gentry, and Laurel Mercantile Co.

Laurel Main Street would like to congratulate not just our members but all businesses

recognized in Jones County!

STATEMENT: Laurel Main Street Welcomes New Executive Director

Laurel Main Street

542 Central Avenue Suite 1

Laurel, MS 39440

(601) 433-3255

info@laurelmainstreet.com

STATEMENT

[Laurel, MS–May 3, 2022]  Today, our organization has an important announcement regarding the position of our Executive Director. On behalf of our Board of Directors, we would like to bid Susan Ladd, our now former Executive Director, a fond farewell as she relinquishes the duties of her position at Laurel Main Street. In tandem, we would like to extend a warm welcome to Caroline Burks, our new Executive Director in interim.

 

Susan has served Laurel Main Street since September of 2020 after moving to Laurel with her husband, Seth. Earlier this year, Seth and Susan welcomed a baby boy into their family, resulting in a call home for Susan. 

 

We are grateful for the time we had with Susan, as well as all of her hard work while she served as Executive Director. As an organization, we offer our well-wishes and hopes for her future as a new mother.

 

Effective today, the Board of Directors has voted in Caroline Burks to fill this position in the interim. Prior, Caroline has served as a member of our Board of Directors, as Secretary on our Executive Committee, and as a member of the Promotions Committee. Caroline is also the President of Junior Auxiliary of Laurel, a member of Laurel Arts League, and a member of the Promotions Committee of the Jones County Chamber of Commerce. She also is the owner of Downtown small business, “Guild & Gentry”. 

 

“Laurel Main Street has always been close to my heart because of its commitment to both the community and small businesses, and I am so honored to be an advocate for all our merchants, partners, and stakeholders as the interim executive director of LMS.” Caroline Burks, Executive Director

Caroline Burks, Executive Director

 

Eagerly, we share this good news and look forward to the future of our organization with Caroline as our new Executive Director. We will continue in our best effort to support a vibrant and sustainable Downtown Laurel by means of design, promotion, organization, and economic vitality. 

Lee Bounds

President, Laurel Main Street