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 awards for and their winners, program/town and recipient in Northeast Mississippi are:
- Outstanding Creative Fundraiser: West Point Pickers, West Point Main Street, Lisa Klutts.
- Creative New Event: Night Market; Starkville Main Street Association, Jennifer Prather.
- Outstanding Public Improvement Project: 1st Choice Bank Gateway on the Trail, Pontotoc County Chamber of Commerce/Main Street Association. Mayor Jeff Stafford.
- Outstanding New Business: The Thirsty Devil, Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, Debbie Brangenberg.
- Outstanding Community Transformation: Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail, Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, Debbie Brangenberg.
- Main Street Hero: Sam Jaynes, Aberdeen Main Street; Dr. Miriam Clark, Pontotoc County Chamber of Commerce/Main Street Association.; The Reed Family, Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association.
- Main Street Trailblazer: Kristen Stevens, West Point Main Street.
Awards were presented by MMSA Board President Allison Beasley, MMSA Past President Suzanne Smith and staff.
“This is the Mississippi Main Street Association’s most important event of the year,” said Allison Beasley, association 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.”
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 2016, Mississippi Main Street programs generated 234 net new businesses, 68 business expansions to existing businesses, 1,811 net new jobs, 104 façade rehabilitations and 366 downtown residential units.
MMSA has 50 active Main Street cities throughout the state, seven Downtown Network members, and numerous Associate, Allied professional members and Friends of Main Street.