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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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.

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

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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.

PRESS RELEASE The Results Are In: Best of Mississippi

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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

PRESS RELEASE: Ready, Set, Boil Community Bank’s Crawfest

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Contact: Susan Ladd

Laurel Main Street

(601) 433-3255

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READY, SET BOIL: COMMUNITY BANK’S CRAWFEST

Co-Hosted by Laurel Main Street and Sertoma of Laurel

Laurel, MS––April 14, 2022–– Laurel Main Street is proud to present the annual return of Community Bank’s Crawfest in Downtown Laurel. The event begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 23rd and ends at 3:00 PM. Entry will be at the corner of West Oak Street and Front Street, with live music, beverages, and tasting tents expanding down Front Street.

Tickets can be purchased on-site or online through Laurel Main Street’s website or Facebook page. Tickets are $15 for general tasting, and a $30 ticket adds 5 pounds of crawfish and add-ins to take home.

Both tickets allow attendees to browse teams and taste any crawfish or add-ins, so that they may vote for the People’s Choice of best overall boil. Official judges for the event will choose the winners for other categories, and awards will be announced at 2:30 PM.

If you’d like to enter your team in the competition, please visit www.laurelmainstreet.com/crawfest to find information, as well as a link to purchase tickets. Prizes for the winning teams are generously provided by Community Bank.

Attendees, please be aware that pets are not allowed at Crawfest, but are allowed Downtown and in many businesses in the area. Please remember to clean up after your furry friends!

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.