The Taste’s Lauren Scott pictured with MMSA staff and board members.
The Mississippi Main Street Board of Directors recently held its annual retreat in the city of Laurel. Laurel Main Street hosted the statewide board at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in downtown Laurel.
“We were exceptionally pleased to host the Mississippi Main Street Board in what we consider to be ‘Mississippi’s Downtown’, Laurel, Mississippi, ” Holifield said. “I think it was a first time visit for many on the board and we were delighted to show off the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, as well as the unique architectural history and heritage of the town that lumber built.
The retreat included a regular Board Meeting as well as a historical walking tour of the city led by George Bassi, executive director of the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.
On Wednesday evening, following the downtown walking tour, a wine and cheese reception was held at the Rogers-Green House, located on the grounds of the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. The last stop of the evening was dinner at studio 5 fifty in downtown Laurel.
The private dinner was catered by Laurel’s celebrity chef, Lauren Scott, a top 7 finalist on ABC’s reality cooking competition, “The Taste”. The three-course dinner featured a shrimp appetizer, beef shortribs entree and chocolate molten lava cake, each with wine pairings from Southern California, where Scott lived before moving to Mississippi to continue her culinary endeavors. Robby and Angie Scruggs, owners of studio 5 fifty and Scruggs Photography, hosted the dinner.
The city of Laurel was designated a Mississippi Main Street community in 2008 and has also been accredited as a National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center.
Since its inception, the Laurel Main Street program has opened 35 net services and retail businesses, created 115 net jobs, 10 business expansions, 15 facade improvements and has more than $3 million in private investments.
Laurel Main Street has received several Mississippi Main Street Awards in the past few years. These awards include: Best Capital Campaign in 2012, Best Community Impact Project, 2011, Best Newsletter in 2011, Best Special Event in 2010, as well as the winner of the Adaptive Re-Use Project in 2009. Holifield received a Main Street Award of Excellence in 2012.
2013 Laurel Main Street Board
Front row (l to r): Ray Palmer, Lew Yoder; Judi Holifield, Brad Kent; Mallorie Rasberry. Second row: Anicia Hill, Whitney Pickering, Rex Gilbert, Ben Napier. Third row: Eric Roberts, Heather Brown, Adam Trest, Hilary Burroughs, Dianne Owens.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2013
CONTACT: Judi Holifield
Laurel Main Street Announces 2013 Officers
Laurel Main Street is pleased to announce its recently elected officers and board members. President, Brad Kent, SouthGroup Insurance Services; Vice-President, Ray Palmer, BancorpSouth; Secretary, Lew Yoder, Gilchrist, Sumrall, Yoder & Boone and Treasurer, Mallorie Rasberry, Gulf States Marketing. Serving on the board are Rex Gilbert, Mississippi Power Company; Whitney Pickering, Willow House; Heather Brown, Magnolia State Bank; Hilary Burroughs, Sanderson Farms; Ben Napier, First United Methodist Church; Robby Scruggs, Scruggs Photography; Dianne Owens, Owens Design Group; Adam Trest, Artist; Anicia Hill, City of Laurel; Dr. Sam Jones, Jones County Junior College; Larkin Simpson, Jones County Chamber of Commerce and Danny Hayes, City of Laurel. Judi Holifield is the Executive Director of Laurel Main Street.
Pictured at the Awards Luncheon: Vice President, Brad Kent; Executive Director, Judi Holifield; Board Member, Ray Palmer; Economic Restructuring Chairman, Rex Gilbert.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Laurel Main Street
Judi Holifield (601) 433-3255
Laurel Main Street Wins State Awards
Laurel, Miss. (June 27, 2012) – Laurel Main Street was recognized as a 2012 National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center at the recent Mississippi Main Street Awards luncheon in Jackson. The organization also received the award for Best Capital Campaign. This award is granted to the downtown organization that has displayed the most creativity and success in securing funds for its downtown program or specific project. Entitled “Opening Doors to the Future” the design gave a nod to the timber industry and Laurel’s origins as a lumber town. The doors on the printed brochure opened to reveal the accomplishments, events and developments in downtown. Designed by Erin Napier of Lucky Luxe Couture and Correspondence, this campaign effectively tied Laurel’s roots to the Laurel Main Street brand. Executive Director, Judi Holifield was awarded the Excellence in Main Street Award for her service to the community and downtown programs. “The Board of Directors and volunteers have stayed true to the mission of economic restructuring and revitalization of downtown Laurel, we are honored to accept this award and very pleased that Judi has been recognized for her skills and connection to the community”, stated Ben Napier, President of Laurel Main Street.