ACHIEVEMENTS

Adaptive Re-Use Project, 2009

This award is granted to the best adaptive reuse of a building that has outlived its former use.  Examples include conversions to housing and office space, multiple businesses, public meeting space, restaurants, cultural centers, etc.

Winner: The Reserve in Laurel

Award for Excellence, 2012

This award acknowledges the efforts of Main Street Managers who have shown excellent service to their communities and downtown.

Winner:  Judi Holifield, Laurel

Best Capital Campaign, 2012

This award recognizes creativity and success in securing funding commitments from business partnerships.

Winner:  Laurel Main Street, Opening Doors

Best Community Collaborative Project, 2015

This award recognizes creative joint ventures between the Main Street organization and another local, community non-profit such as a charity organization, chamber of commerce, convention and visitors bureau, etc.

Winner: Touch A Truck

Best Community Impact Project, 2011

This award recognizes a business or organization that has contributed leadership and support for downtown and represents a commitment to the community and investment in downtown revitalization.

Winner: Four.One.Five City Centre, Agape Church, Laurel

Best New Signage, 2013

This award recognizes excellence in signage design, craftsmanship, creativity and overall impact on its building or  entryway, or directional signage to the downtown.

Winner:  studio 5 fifty arts center, Robby and Angie Scruggs, Owners

Best Newsletter, 2011 – Population Over 5,000

This award recognizes excellence in communication by a downtown organization through its print or online newsletter.

Winner: Laurel Main Street News

Best Public Improvement Project, 2013

This award is given to the municipality or Main Street Program that has designed and implemented attractive and sympathetic improvements to its downtown district.

Winner: Laurel Main Street, WE ARE LAUREL banner project

Best Special Event, 2010

Winner: Loblolly Festival in Laurel Adaptive Re-Use Project, 2009 – This award is granted to the best adaptive reuse of a building that has outlived its former use.  Examples include conversions to housing and office space, multiple businesses, public meeting space, restaurants, cultural centers, etc.

Winner: The Reserve in Laurel

Main Street Merchant of the Year, 2015

This award recognizes excellence in the retail field, going to a merchant who has been a “mover and a shaker” in downtown revitalization. The recipient exemplifies the best in merchandising, inventory, display, hours, quality, convenience and service.

Winner: Andrea Milham, owner Southern Antique Mall

Outstanding Business Retention/Recruitment Program, 2016

This award is granted to the downtown organization that has created and implemented the best retention and/or business recruitment program for its downtown.

Winner: Opening Doors to Downtown Laurel

Outstanding Image Promotion, 2016

This award recognizes the downtown organization or business that has developed an effective public relations piece or specific promotional campaign.

Winner: The Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook-Off

Premier Partner, 2016

This award recognizes creative joint ventures between the Main Street organization and another local, community entity or entities.

Winner: Own Your Hill Local Online Marketing

Spirit of Main Street, 2014

 This award recognizes a volunteer who has displayed an involved commitment to downtown and the Main Street program.

Winner:  Erin Napier, Lucky Luxe Couture and Correspondence

General

  • 45 businesses opened
  • 150 net jobs
  • 12 business expansions
  • 28 façade improvements
  • 9.1 million in private investment
  • Establishment of the Laurel Welcome Center

 

Building Rehabs

  • The First National Bank Building
  • Oak Street Place
  • Elegant Evenings
  • Four.One.Five.City Center/The Agape Church
  • C.T. Ferrill Building/SouthGroup Insurance Services
  • Brandon Petroleum Offices
  • studio 5 fifty arts center
  • Red Door Studio Suites
  • West Oak Street Apartments
  • Boot Smith Corporate Offices
  • The Knight Butcher
  • Closet Candy
  • Sweet Somethings Bakery
  • The Burton Building
  • The Marcus Furniture Building
    The Laurel Mercantile
  • The Laurel Leaf

 

Physical Improvements

  • Trustmark Park
  • Vacant lot at Front and Oak
  • Leontyne Price Park
  • Benches in the downtown area
  • Sugar Maples lining Central Avenue
  • Painting of 42 concrete planters
  • Graffiti removal
  • 15 trash receptacles
  • Bicycle Racks
  • Oak Street Pocket Park
  • Laurel Jones County Library Mural
  • “Visit Laurel” Mural
  • Carroll Gartin Beautification Project
  • Way-Finding Signage
  • I-59 Billboards
  • Sandwich Board Loan Program
  • “We Are Laurel” banner campaign
  • Walking Tour Brochure
  • Welcome to Historic Laurel Business Brochure
  • Jones County War Memorial painting/ replanting
  • Carroll Gartin Boulevard Tree planting project
  • Made in Laurel Miss Instagram selfie wall
  • “Light the Downtown” Historic Lighting Project

 

Youth Involvement

  • Student community service hours through Key Club, Serteens, Beta Club, JCJC Bobcat Brigade, SGA & PTK and the LMS Internship program
  • Intership program

Downtown Apartments

  • 28 downtown apartments are occupied with waiting lists

 

Sponsored and Co-sponsored Events

  • Chili Cook-Off
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Downtown Movie Night
  • Touch A Truck
  • Back to School Supply Drive & Giveaway
  • Loblolly Festival
  • Art on Masonite Contest
  • Small Business Saturday
  • December Downtown Tree Lighting

 

Grants

  • Mississippi Arts Commission Minigrant 2015
  • Walking Tour Avenue Flags Grant 2012
  • Energy Efficient Street Lighting Grant 2011
  • Walking Tour Brochure Grant 2011
  • Tree Grant 2008