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JACKSON, Miss. (June 17, 2021) –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.

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.

MMSA staff presented the 2021 awards to recipients from Designated Main Street programs throughout the state.

Picayune Main Street, Inc. was a winner for Outstanding Façade Improvement Project “Making Downtown Lovable 2" --MS Power Area Manager, Byron Hill.

Eight downtown businesses were revitalized with new awnings through funds from Picayune Main Street’s Façade Grant Program and a Community Investment Program Grant from the Mississippi Power Foundation. Hill, is very active in Downtown Picayune Revitalization Projects to keep our community Lively and Strong. Downtown businesses have seen a noticeable increase in foot traffic. New businesses have opened or expanded.

Since 1993, MMSA has generated more than $5.8 billion in private and public investment (including more than $1.5 billion in public investment).

MMSA currently has 47 Designated Main Street Communities, four Network members, and 11 Associate members.

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