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Main Street Plans First Membership Drive

by Jessie Gurner

The Water Valley Main Street Association will soon begin our first membership drive. If you’ve wondered exactly what WVMSA is this explains it: The mission of the Water Valley Main Street Association is to promote Water Valley’s Main Street District as the focus of a community where history is preserved; businesses thrive; and citizens and visitors dine, shop, live, and enjoy the arts and entertainment.

What we are is a group of dedicated volunteer residents and business people interested in revitalizing Water Valley’s core business district. WVMSA is a part of the Mississippi Main Street Association and the National Trust Main Street Center, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Main Street program is designed to improve all aspects of Water Valley’s downtown and core business district. Our projects stem from local issues and concerns. Improving economic management, strengthening public participation, and making Water Valley a fun place live or to visit are critical to Main Street’s goals of assisting our current business owners, recruiting new businesses and rehabilitating buildings.

We are building on Water Valley’s inherent assets – rich architecture, personal service, and most of all, a sense of place. The Main Street approach has already rekindled entrepreneurship, downtown cooperation and civic interest.  

Main Street listens to its members and meetings are open to the public. We are also planning e-mail newsletters to keep members informed of developments.

If you are interested in information about becoming a member of WVMSA, contact me at 473-3796 or at

April will be here before you know it and WVMSA is still eagerly searching for local vendors to participate in Founders Day.  Civic organizations, church groups, or businesses interested in having a booth or in selling food that day, please contact me.

The deadline for the city flag and city motto contest is almost here. February 15 is the date that all entries need to be at the Chamber of Commerce. For additional information about both contests, contact Bonnie Cox at 473-1122.

Pat Ray is looking for period clothing (or costumes) for the Founder Day Style Show.  And for more information about the softball tournament sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce contact Ron Hart at Mid-Town Auto Parts at 473-4333.

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