Laurel Main Street’s Chili Cook-off Canceled in Caution of COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Susan Ladd
Laurel Main Street
(601) 433-3255 info@laurelmainstreet.com

CHILI COOK-OFF IS CANCELED

Laurel Main Street’s Chili Cook-off Canceled in Caution of COVID-19

Laurel, MS––January 14, 2021–– Laurel Main Street h​ as confirmed the cancellation of this year’s Chili Cook-off, sponsored by Magnolia State Bank, originally scheduled for February 13, 2021. After discussion between the Laurel Main Street Board and Mayor Johnny Magee, the formal decision has been made to call off this event.

Due to the nature of this event, there would be no way to effectively socially distance or guarantee the health and safety of attendees. Laurel Main Street will continue to abide by any COVID-19 related mandates or regulations in place and will follow the advice of state and local leaders.

The organization has plans to move forward with seasonal events in 2021 and will follow any regulations that may still be in place. It is of the utmost importance that all locals and visitors of Downtown Laurel get to live, work, eat, and play safely.

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

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LAUREL MAIN STREET CANCELS NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENT

 

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LAUREL MAIN STREET CANCELS NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENT

Laurel, Mississippi (December 15, 2020) — It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that Laurel Main Street (LMS) announces the cancellation of this year’s Downtown Countdown, due to take place on December 31, 2020.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly but given the growing concerns around COVID-19, the Laurel Main Street Board of Directors felt it was the right decision. Downtown Countdown was an incredibly successful event in its inaugural year, and one we looked forward to continuing, but we must prioritize the health and safety of our partners, volunteers, and community.

“We are devastated to share this news and had held out hope that our county and city would be in a much healthier situation, but that is not the case,” LMS President, Truitt Taylor, stated.  “After reviewing the Governor’s mandates, the rise of COVID-19 cases in our area, and in close consultation with our city leaders, we believe that cancellation is the appropriate call.”

We remain committed to downtown Laurel and our mission of economic revitalization. We appreciate the support of our city leaders, Main Street Partners, Members, and event sponsors, and we look forward to resuming in-person events in 2021.

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Laurel Main Street is an organization dedicated to the revitalization of Historic Downtown Laurel. Using the four-point approach of organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring, Main Street communities boost local business from the city center outward. Laurel Main Street is an accredited Main Street America organization.

MISSISSIPPI MAIN STREET ANNOUNCES 2020 AWARD WINNERS

JACKSON, Miss. (August 19, 2020) – The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) celebrated achievements of Mississippi Main Street Communities with a special virtual Annual Awards presentation this year.

MMSA staff presented the 2020 awards from the Old Capitol Inn in downtown Jackson via Facebook Live. The annual awards honors Main Street directors, board members and volunteers and recognizes the most outstanding downtown development projects from Main Street communities in Mississippi.

“Mississippi Main Street is excited to celebrate the achievements of our Main Street communities,” said Steven Dick, MMSA Board President. “Our local leaders have worked tirelessly to provide economic opportunities, increase quality of life, and preserve what makes our downtowns special.”

Thomas Gregory, MMSA State Coordinator, Jennifer Prather, Director of Community Development, and Jeannie Zieren, Director of Communication and Marketing, presented the awards.

Laurel Main Street was honored with an award for Outstanding Creative Placemaking for the Leontyne Price Musical Park.
​​This award recognizes a creative placemaking endeavor that involves artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners who have deliberately integrated arts and culture into community revitalization work. The placemaking project shows how it enhances quality of life for existing residents, increases creative activity, and creates a distinct sense of place.

In addition to announcing the 2020 award winners, all Main Street member communities were recognized as well as MMSA annual investors and MMSA board members for 2020-2021.

In addition, the 2020 nationally accredited programs were recognized, as well as new MMSA communities, and Main Street directors who have served for 10 years or longer in their communities.

The Mississippi Development Authority, Entergy Mississippi, and Mississippi Power were recognized as top investors of MMSA and sponsors of the annual awards.

In 2019, Mississippi Main Street’s Designated Communities generated 185 net new businesses, 62 business expansions to existing businesses, 633 net new jobs, 101 building rehabilitations and 331 downtown residential units. In addition, 178 public improvement projects were completed as well as 36 new construction projects in downtown business districts. More than $148 million was invested by the public and private sectors in 2019, and more than 43,211 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 $5.5 billion in private and public investment (including more than $1.3 billion in public investment).

MMSA currently has 45 Designated Main Street Community members, four Network members, and eight Associate members.

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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 AmericaTM 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.

For individual project photos and awards narratives, please email jeannie@msmainstreet.com. For more information about MMSA, visit www.msmainstreet.com.

Laurel Main Street Director Announces Retirement

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LAUREL MAIN STREET DIRECTOR ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Board Begins Search for Replacement

[LAUREL, MISSISSIPPI, July 30, 2020] Laurel Main Street (LMS) announced that the organization’s executive director, Judi Holifield, will retire at the end of this year. Judi Holifield, who oversaw many beloved city events including the Loblolly Festival, Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook-off, Touch a Truck, Farmers Market and more during her tenure, joined LMS in the fall of 2011.

“Nobody has cared more about the mission of this organization, worked harder despite challenges or advocated more passionately on behalf of LMS than Judi,” said Truitt Taylor, president of Laurel Main Street. “She successfully managed the organization through a period of significant growth and set us on a great path programmatically.”

While Holifield was executive director, LMS received several Mississippi Main Street awards including Outstanding Community Transformation for a mid-sized town and she was named Outstanding Main Street Director in 2019.

“Working together with the membership and board at Laurel Main Street has been a highly rewarding experience and I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished,” said Holifield. “I look forward to the next chapter of my life and the opportunities to take time for myself and my family, while continuing to support LMS and its endeavors as a volunteer.”

The LMS board is conducting a search for a successor as executive director.

For more information on the executive director position, please visit www.laurelmainstreet.com.

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The Main Street program executive director coordinates activities within a downtown or commercial district revitalization program that utilizes historic preservation as an integral foundation for downtown economic development.  He/she is responsible for the development, conduct, execution and documentation of the Main Street program.  The program director is the principal on-site staff person responsible for coordinating all program activities and volunteers.  This includes management and attendance of all Laurel Main Street festivals and events, many of which are held on weekends or evenings.  He/she should represent the community regionally and nationally as appropriate.  In addition, the program director should help guide the organization as its objectives evolve.

 

If interested please submit resume and cover letter to:

 

Truitt Taylor

President – Laurel Main Street Board of Directors

trtaylor@crcgroup.com

 

Deadline for applications is August 7, 2020.

Laurel Main Street Receives 2020 National Main Street Accreditation

 

For Immediate Release                                             Contact:       Judi Holifield, Executive Director

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Laurel Main Street Receives 2020 National Main Street Accreditation

Laurel, MS (June 30, 2020) Laurel Main Street has been designated as a 2020 Accredited Main Street America™ program.  Accredited status is Main Street America’s top tier of recognition and signifies a demonstrated commitment to comprehensive commercial district revitalization and proven track record of successfully applying the Main Street Approach™. 

“We are proud to recognize this year’s 860 Nationally Accredited Main Street America programs that have dedicated themselves to strengthening their communities,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “These Accredited Main Street programs have proven to be powerful engines for revitalization by sparking impressive economic returns and preserving the character of their communities. During these challenging times, these Main Street programs will be key to bringing economic vitality back to commercial districts and improving quality of life during the recovery process.”

In 2019 alone, $6.45 billion of public and private reinvestment was generated, 6,466 net new businesses were opened, 32,316 net new were jobs created, and 10,412 buildings were rehabilitated in Main Street America communities.

Laurel Main Street’s performance is evaluated by Mississippi Main Street, which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify the local programs that meet ten rigorous performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.

 

Since 2007, Laurel has seen over $40 million in private re-investments in downtown, which contribute to the renovation and rehabilitation of downtown properties. Laurel Main Street has facilitated 19 façade improvement grants, totaling over $47,ooo dollars in the past 24 months. Without the support of our partners, members, volunteers, and community, this work would not be possible.

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ABOUT LAUREL MAIN STREET

THE PURPOSE OF Laurel Main Street is to establish a vibrant commercial district in and around Downtown Laurel, enhance our community and heritage, foster a center of activity and ensure economic stability for the heart of Laurel, Mississippi through concentrated efforts of design, promotion, organization and economic revitalization.

ABOUT MAIN STREET AMERICA

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for 40 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,600 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 $85.43 billion in new public and private investment, generated 672,333 net new jobs and 150,079 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 295,348 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.