The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) celebrated achievements of Mississippi Main Street Communities at the 27th Annual Awards Luncheon in downtown Jackson on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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.
Among the 2016 Award Recipients were Briar Jones of Thomas Shelton Jones & Associates, Mark Castleberry of Castle Properties, and Starkville Main Street, a member entity of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.
Greater Starkville Development Partnership Board and Committee of 100 member Briar Jones of Thomas Shelton Jones & Associates was honored with the Sam Kaye Excellence in Design Award. This award is named for Sam Kaye, a former architect and community leader who was a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and was nationally known and recognized for his involvement in historic preservation. The award is presented to a design professional that exhibits the spirit, compassion and talent of Mr. Kaye, who passed away in 2013.
Mark Castleberry was recognized with the Outstanding Economic Impact Project award for The Mill at MSU. This award is granted to an individual, business or municipality (or partnership of entities) that has undertaken a new development project within a downtown district. This project does not have to be “brick and mortar” but should improve quality of life and have a positive, measurable impact on downtown revitalization, including job creation and/or business expansion.
Starkville Main Street was recognized with the Outstanding Creative Fundraiser award for their Farm to Fork Dinner. 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.
This is the third consecutive year that Starkville Main Street has received awards at the annual awards program, and this year, the organization tied for most awards received by any community.
“I am so proud of the great work that business leaders, business and property owners, and our own community development organization are doing to protect, preserve, and revitalize Downtown Starkville. Downtowns are the heart and soul of any great community, and that is no different in Starkville. The individuals and projects that were honored this year have greatly contributed to the quality of life in the Starkville community, and I’m so grateful for the honor and recognition that has been bestowed upon them each,” said Jennifer Gregory, GSDP CEO and Starkville Main Street Manager.
Since 1993, Mississippi Main Street Association has generated nearly $4.9 billion in private and public investment (including nearly $1.2 billion in public investment).
In 2015, Mississippi Main Street cities generated 178 net new businesses, 49 business expansions to existing businesses, 1,695 net new jobs, 61 facade rehabilitations and 225 downtown residential units. More than 47,377 volunteer hours were recorded.