The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) celebrated achievements of Mississippi Main Street Communities at the Annual Awards Luncheon in downtown Jackson. The annual awards luncheon honors Main Street directors, board members and volunteers and recognizes the most outstanding downtown development projects and events from Main Street communities in Mississippi.
“After a year without face-to-face meetings, we are excited to celebrate the achievements of our Main Street communities again in person,” said Thomas Gregory, MMSA State Coordinator. “As difficult as 2020 was for our communities, we still saw economic growth in our downtowns and resiliency from the small businesses in our downtown districts.”
“Our local Main Street directors have worked tirelessly to provide services to small businesses and create innovative ways to connect people together during the pandemic, and we are proud to celebrate their successes at our annual awards,” Gregory added.
Starkville received two awards from MMSA honoring both a former and the current Mayor for the City of Starkville.
Mayor Lynn Spruill was recognized as a Main Street Hero – This award recognizes an outstanding community leader or public figure who has displayed an involved commitment to downtown and his or her Main Street program.
The late Dan Camp was honored with the Sam Kaye Excellence in Design Award – Sam was an architect and community leader who served MMSA as a staff member and design consultant from 1994 until his passing in 2013. The Sam Kaye Excellence in Design Award is given to the design professional(s) or firm that exhibits the spirit, compassion, and talent of the man for whom the award is named. Accepting the award was Robert Camp.
Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) is a catalyst for the preservation and economic revitalization of Mississippi’s historic downtowns and districts. As a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program, MMSA helps lead a powerful, grassroots network consisting of more than 40 Coordinating Programs and over 1,200 neighborhoods and communities across the country committed to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.
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For more information about MMSA, visit www.msmainstreet.com. For more information on the Partnership, please visit Starkville.org.