June 20, 2013 – JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) celebrated achievements of Mississippi Main Street Communities at the 24th Annual Awards Luncheon in downtown Jackson.
The presentation of awards was made by MMSA Executive Director Bob Wilson and 2013-2014 Board President Joey Hudnall.
Among the Award Recipients was Ms. Yvonne Taylor, owner of Y.Taylor Interiors & Gifts, The Veranda, The Sweet Shop & The Barkery on the Downtown Batesville Square for Mississippi Main Street Merchant of the Year.
“This year’s award winners reflect the commitment of many individuals and groups who champion what Main Street is all about – developing the heart of our communities, our historic downtowns, and enhancing quality of life for everyone,” Wilson said.
Since 1993, MMSA, a program of the Mississippi Development Authority, has generated nearly $4.5 billion in private and public investment (including more than $1 million in public investment). In 2012, Mississippi Main Street communities generated 228 net new businesses, 53 business expansions, 1,248 net new jobs, 111 façade rehabilitations and 160 upper floor housing developments. More than 57,005 volunteer hours were recorded.
MMSA has 51 designated Main Street Communities throughout the state as well as six Downtown Networks and several Association Members.
Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. More than 1,800 Main Street programs participate in 50 other states as well as the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.