Mississippi Main Street Announces 2018 Award Winners

 

 

 

Media Contact: Jeannie Waller Zieren, Director of Training and Information

(601) 941-5409

jeanniewaller@msmainstreet.com

MISSISSIPPI MAIN STREET ANNOUNCES  2018 AWARD WINNERS

 June 21, 2018 – JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) celebrated achievements of Mississippi Main Street Communities at the 29th Annual Awards Luncheon in downtown Jackson. 

 MMSA Board President Ed Gardner, MMSA Past President Allison Beasley, and MMSA staff presented awards to recipients from local Main Street programs throughout the state.

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

The 2018 Award Recipients are:
Award Name of Entry (Project or Individual) Community Accepting Award
Premier Partner Northwest Community College Senatobia Main Street Julie R. Bauer
Outstanding Creative Fundraising Cleveland Bites Food Festival Team Cleveland Main Street Tasha Huerta
Outstanding Marketing Que on the Yazoo Marketing Campaign Main Street Greenwood Megan Slaughter/Brantley Snipes
Outstanding Community Education Campaign (2) How Downtown Main Street Greenwood Brantley Snipes
Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trails Vicksburg Main Street Kim Hopkins
Creative New Event (2) Mini Wine Downtown and Shopping Tournament Downtown Tupelo Main Street Craig Helmuth
Hattiesburlesque Historic Downtown Hattiesburg Abigail Lenz-Allen and Rebecca Chandler
Outstanding Retail Promotion Sit, Stay, Play, Greenwood Main Street Greenwood Brantley Snipes
Outstanding Image Promotion (2) Meet Me on Main Street Main Street Clinton Jonathan Nutt
Downtown Greenwood Promo Video Main Street Greenwood Matthew Moore/Brantley Snipes
Outstanding Historic Rehabilitation Project Starkville Police Department Starkville Main Street Chief Frank Nichols
Outstanding Public Improvement Project (2) Russell Street Corridor – Entrance to Downtown Starkville Starkville Main Street Michelle Jones
Crosby Commons Picayune Main Street Jim Luke
Outstanding Visual Merchandising Project The Lucky Rabbit Historic Downtown Hattiesburg Abbey & Brandon Thaxton
Outstanding New Development Project Brady’s Steak and Seafood Pascagoula Main Street Steven Brady & Chad Brady
Outstanding Adaptive Reuse Project The Burton’s Building Laurel Main Street Josh Nowell
Outstanding Economic Impact Cottonwood Public House Vicksburg Main Street Tim Cantwell
Outstanding New Business The Steel Forest Furniture Company Columbus Main Street Chip  and Maureen Gerber
Outstanding Community Transformation – Medium Size town Laurel, Mississippi Laurel Main Street Lew Yoder
Outstanding Community Transformation – Small Town Water Valley, Mississippi Water Valley Main Street Jeff Bynum
Main Street Trailblazer Dr. David L. Beckley Holly Springs Main Street Chamber Dr. David L. Beckley
Merchant of the Year Lott Furniture Company Laurel Main Street Rodney Rowell
Outstanding Director of the Year Kay Miller Biloxi Main Street Kay Miller
Main Street Hero Michelle Jones Starkville Main Street Michelle Jones
Mayor George Flaggs Vicksburg Main Street Mayor George Flaggs
Jim Luke Picayune Main Street Jim Luke
Mallorie Rasberry Laurel Main Street Mallorie Rasberry
Penny Frazier Senatobia Main Street Penny Frazier
Dawn Edwards Hernando Main Street Dawn Edwards
Becky Nowell Team Cleveland Main Street Becky Nowell
Bob Luke Meridian Main Street Bob Luke
Doug Pellum Columbus Main Street Doug Pellum
Mayor Dane Maxwell Pascagoula Main Street Mayor Dane Maxwell
Award of Service Allison Beasley SMPDD Allison Beasley
Award of Service Ken P’Pool MDAH Ken P’Pool

 

“This is the Mississippi Main Street Association’s most important event of the year,” said Ed Gardner, MMSA Board President. “It gives us an opportunity to meet with and celebrate the local directors and investors throughout the state that are doing the hard work of making our downtown districts more competitive, successful and sustainable.”

“We are thrilled to honor our economic development and preservation heroes in Mississippi’s downtowns,” Gardner said.

Since 1993, Mississippi Main Street Association has generated more than $5 billion in private and public investment (including more than $1.2 billion in public investment).

In 2017, Mississippi Main Street programs generated 325 net new businesses, 95 business expansions to existing businesses, 1,458 net new jobs, 109 façade rehabilitations and 86 downtown residential units.
 
MMSA currently has 48 active Main Street cities throughout the state, six Downtown Network members, and numerous Associate, Allied professional members, and Friends of Main Street.

 

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Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) has been improving the quality of life in Mississippi for more than 30 years by developing Mississippi’s downtowns. Main Street is an economic development program based in historic preservation. The mission of the Mississippi Main Street Association is to provide visionary leadership, guidance and counsel to Mississippi Main Street communities through organization, promotion, design and economic development to make our cities and towns better places to work, live and play. Since 1993, MMSA has generated more than $5.2 billion in private and public investment (including nearly $1.3 billion in public investment), 36,996 net new jobs, 5,673 net new businesses, rehabilitated 3,298 buildings and added 2,921 downtown residential units. MMSA is a coordinating program of the National Main Street Center, with many public and private partners.
  

For individual photos and awards narratives, please email jeanniewaller@msmainstreet.com. These will be available on Friday, June 22.

 

Laurel Main Street Receives 2018 National Main Street Accreditation


 

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release                                                                     Contact: Judi Holifield, Executive Director Laurel Main Street

(601) 433-3255

info@laurelmainstreet.com

 

Laurel Main Street

Receives 2018 National Main Street Accreditation

 

Laurel, Mississippi — April 26, 2018  Laurel Main Street has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach.

“We are thrilled to honor this year’s 829 nationally accredited Main Street America programs for their commitment to preservation-based economic development and the revitalization of their commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “The power of Main Street shines across the country through these vibrant communities, who have all worked to generate impressive economic returns, preserve community character, and celebrate local history.”

In 2017 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.48 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,211 net new businesses, generated 30,294 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,737 historic buildings, and clocked 2.7 million volunteer hours.

Laurel Main Street’s performance is annually evaluated by the Mississippi Main Street Association, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten national 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.

 Laurel Main Street board president, Lew Yoder says, “This has been an exciting year for Laurel Main Street.  We have seen tremendous growth in all of our Main Street events and we have seen more participation and excitement in Downtown Laurel.” He went on to say, “It is an exciting time to be a part of Laurel Main Street and Mississippi’s Downtown.”

Founded in 2007, Laurel Main Street is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to revitalizing historic downtown Laurel, Miss., through preservation and economic growth. They recently received accreditation from the National Main Street Program and maintain membership with the Mississippi Main Street Association. To learn more about Laurel Main Street, please visit www.laurelmainstreet.com.

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 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 $74.73 billion in new public and private investment, generated 614,716 net new jobs and 138,303 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 276,790 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  

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Deluxe Corporation Announced 20 Towns in the Running for Season 3 of the Small Business Revolution – Main Street

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Contact: Cameron Potts
651-233-7735
cameron.potts@deluxe.com

Deluxe Corporation announced 20 towns in the running for Season 3 of the Small Business Revolution – Main Street

Communities have a chance to win a $500,000 revitalization Main Street

SHOREVIEW, Minn. – Nov. 13, 2017 – After thousands of nominations from small towns all over the country, Deluxe Corporation today announced the 20 communities that are in the running for season 3 of the highly acclaimed Small Business Revolution – Main Street series.

On Sept. 28, Deluxe launched the second season of Small Business Revolution – Main Street, featuring the community of Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania and six businesses selected to receive the $500,000 makeover. The series, which airs on www.smallbusinessrevolution.org, Hulu and YouTube, features marketing and business expertise for small businesses in one small town. Host Amanda Brinkman, Deluxe’s chief brand and communications officer, along with a host of marketing experts from Deluxe, help struggling business owners find their path to success.

Nominations were open from Sept. 28 to Nov. 19, with thousands of communities across the country vying for a chance to be featured in Season 3. Deluxe will gather more information from the top 20 communities before narrowing its list to 10 finalists to visit in the month of January. Eventually, five or six communities will be selected for a national vote to determine the winner.

“There are so many deserving towns that need this boost,” Brinkman said. “Our team decided to announce 20 deserving communities so we can do a deeper dive into their structure and their needs before moving on to the next round. No matter what, each of these 20 would make a great winner for
our contest.”

Deluxe, a leading provider of small business marketing and financial services, launched the Small Business Revolution – Main Street contest in 2016, and shared the inspiring story of Wabash, Indiana in Season 1. All eight episodes of Season 2 are now available online or on Hulu.

Following an announcement on December 12 for the Top 10, representatives from Deluxe will travel to the towns in early 2018 to then narrow them down to five or six, who will compete in a nationwide vote when the winner is announced in late February. All announcements regarding season three can be
found on SmallBusinessRevolution.org.

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About Deluxe Corporation
Deluxe is a growth engine for small businesses and financial institutions. Nearly 4.4 million small business customers access Deluxe’s wide range of products and services, including customized checks and forms, as well as website development and hosting, email marketing, social media, search engine optimization and logo design. For our approximately 5,600 financial institution customers, Deluxe offers industry-leading programs in checks, data analytics and customer acquisition and treasury management solutions including fraud prevention and profitability. Deluxe is also a leading provider of checks and accessories sold directly to consumers. For more information, visit us at www.deluxe.com, www.facebook.com/deluxecorp or www.twitter.com/deluxecorp.

Top 20 Towns:
Aberdeen, SD
Alton, IL
Americus, GA
Amesbury, MA
Bastrop, TX
Brainerd, MN
Bucyrus, OH
Cartersville, GA
Excelsior Springs, MO
Exeter, NH
Farmville, VA
Florence, OR
Glenwood Springs, CO
Laurel, MS
Martinez, CA
Owatonna, MN
Paducah, KY
Palatka, FL
Sanford, NC
Siloam Springs, AR

Design with Data Workshop

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Contact: Allison Washington | Director of Communications & Community Engagement | allison@volunteermississippi.org | (601) 432-6228

Volunteer Mississippi and the Center for Population Studies Roll Out Design with Data Workshop Series to Support Laurel Area Organizations Serving Rural Mississippi.

Design with Date Workshop Series will help organizations submit high quality applications for grants funding evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions.

LAUREL, Miss. — Volunteer Mississippi, in partnership with the Center for Population Studies at the University of Mississippi, will host a 2-day Design with Data workshop on August 17th-18th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Thursday and 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Friday at the YWCO, located at 480 W. Oak Street, in Laurel.

This NO COST workshop is targeted toward organizations that are interested in applying for AmeriCorps State grants.  During the workshop, Volunteer Mississippi and the Center for Population Studies staff members will provide organizations with guidance, tools, and instruction on creating logic, models, and share information on accessing and assessing research and data to support program design.  Organizations that serve rural areas are encouraged to register.

“Organizations that serve rural areas in our state provide critical services for many Mississippians, which is why we want to ensure those organizations are equipped with the tools necessary to successfully apply for competitive grants,” said Caitlin Brooking, director of program development for Volunteer Mississippi.  “The goal of this workshop is to produce stronger applicants in the grant process, so organizations can secure funding for key projects and continue doing great work in rural communities.”

Design with Data workshop attendees will learn how to design program interventions, identify and select meaurable program outcomes, create a logic model, use academic research and data to support program proposals, interpret research results, and incorporate research as evidence to support program proposals.

In addition to this workshop, Volunteer Mississippi and the Center for Population Studies will be hosting Design with Data workshops in Natchez on September 7th-8th, and Philadelphia on September 21st-22nd.  To register for our Design with Data workshops, click here or contact Caitlin Brooking at 769.257.4827 or cbrooking@ihl.state.ms.us.  To learn more about Volunteer Mississippi, visit www.volunteermississippi.org or call (888) 353-1793.

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Laurel Celebrates Mississippi Bicentennial with Community Photo Stories

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Laurel, Mississippi – July 27, 2017 – Blue Magnolia Films in partnership with The City of Laurel, Laurel Main Street, The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Chisholm Foundation and local organizers, will host a FREE public screening, Saturday, July 29, 7- 9 p.m. at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, to premiere a series of photo stories, produced by local community leaders, to commemorate the Mississippi Bicentennial.

The photo stories, each three minutes in length, will celebrate the theme, “Home Is Our Heritage” highlighting the importance of Laurel’s unique heritage from diverse perspectives.

Resulting photos stories will be posted online using social media and will be integrated into downtown revitalization projects, including a “walkable” gallery, community events and a book project highlighting Bicentennial stories around the state.

Participants include: Akeem Davis (free agent, NFL), Katrina Cox (Choral Director, Maddox Elementary School), Samantha Nowicki (Lauren Rogers Museum of Art), Richard and Portland Brown (Hair World), Larry and Pamela Thomas (Thomas Pharmacy), Chris Wilson (Realtor), Joseph Cooley (Artist), Katelyn Bryant (Teacher, Maddox Elementary School) and Brooke Davis (Black Horn Productions).

Additional support provided by Laurel Mayor, Johnny Magee, Laurel Chamber of Commerce, and local caterers, Marilyn Fuquay and Rod Hollins/Hi5Eats.

 Laurel is one of ten cities elected to participate in “Celebrating Storytelling”, a Mississippi Bicentennial project that will culminate with 100 community voices by the end of the year.

Alison Fast, Founder of Blue Magnolia Films says, “Storytelling is a powerful way to pay homage to the themes that have carried Laurel from its beginnings, and will continue to guide the success stories of people who live here and make Laurel ‘home’.” 

WHAT:  Celebrating Storytellers: Home Is Our Heritage (Mississippi Bicentennial Event)

WHEN: Saturday, July 29, 7-9 PM

WHERE: The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art

WHO: 9 community storytellers 

CONTACTS: Alison Fast c. 310-497-7109/ Email: alison@bluemagnoliafilms.com 

Judi Holifield  judi@laurelmainstreet.com Tel: 601-433-3255 

LINKS: www.bluemagnoliafilms.com / FB: @BlueMagnoliaFilms

COST: Free and open to the public.