FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2012
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MISSISSIPPI MAIN STREET COMMUNITIES RECEIVE NATIONAL ACCREDITATION
JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Main Street Association announces the following Mississippi Main Street Communities have been designated as accredited National Main Street Programs for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center®:
Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Batesville, Bay St. Louis/Waveland, Biloxi, Canton, Carthage, Cleveland, Clinton, Columbia, Columbus, Corinth, Greenville, Greenwood, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Hernando, Holly Springs, Houston, Indianola, Belhaven, Kosciusko, Laurel, Louisville/Noxapater, McComb, Meridian, Moss Point, New Albany, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, Philadelphia, Picayune, Pontotoc, Ripley, Senatobia, Tunica, Tupelo, Vicksburg, Water Valley, West Point and Woodville.
“Receiving National Main Street Accreditation is a prestigious designation and we congratulate each of these communities for its achievements,” said Bob Wilson, MMSA Executive Director. “Our Main Street programs in Mississippi play a strategic role in stimulating economic development in our state.”
Accredited communities will be honored at the 2012 Annual Awards Luncheon at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson. Special recognition and a group photo will take place prior to the luncheon at 10:15 a.m. in the ballroom.“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for meeting our established performance standards,” said Doug Loescher, director of the National Trust Main Street Center. “Accredited Main Street programs are meeting the challenges of the recession head on and are successfully using a focused, comprehensive revitalization strategy to keep their communities vibrant and sustainable.”
The Main Street organizations are evaluated annually by the Mississippi Main Street Association, which works in partnership with the National Trust Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet 10 performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program’s application of the Main Street Four-Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization.
During the 2011 calendar year, Mississippi Main Street Communities generated 220 net new businesses, 72 business expansions to existing businesses, 1,114 net new jobs, 100 facade rehabilitations and 351 upper floor housing developments. More than 42,195 volunteer hours were recorded.Numerous festivals and promotional events also took place throughout Mississippi, stimulating more economic impact for these Main Street cities and local businesses by bringing visitors and tourists to downtown as well as promoting community spirit and pride.
There are 764 Main Street communities in the United States and other countries that have earned national accreditation this year.
Established in 1980, the National Trust Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working in more than 2,200 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 30 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $53.6 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 448,835 net new jobs and 104,961 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 229,164 buildings, leveraging an average of $18 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts, making the Main Street program one of the most successful economic development strategies in America.
For more information about the Mississippi Main Street Annual Awards Luncheon, click here.