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Main Street Receives State Awards

By Jack Gurner

JACKSON – The Water Valley Main Street Association was honored Tuesday by the Mississippi Main Street Association with three top awards in design, organization, and promotion.

In the Design category, WVMSA won for Best Adaptive Re-Use with their entry describing the work done on the BTC Old Fashioned Grocery Store. This award is granted to the best adaptive reuse of a building that has outlived its former use.

In the Organization category, the local group won for Best Creative Fund Raising Project for the “Come As You Aren’t” Costume and Dance Party. This award is granted to the downtown organization that has displayed the most creativity and success in securing funds for its downtown program.

In the Promotion category, WVMSA won for Best Special Event for the Second Annual Downtown Studio Crawl. This award recognizes the downtown organization that has created a quality special event, generating traffic for the downtown.

The 2011 Annual Awards Meeting and Luncheon was held at the Old Capitol Inn in downtown Jackson. About 15 members of the WVMSA attended the event, according to Main Street Director Mickey Howley.

The presentation of awards was made by MMSA Executive Director Bob Wilson and 2011 Board President Randy Burchfield.

“This year’s award winners reflect the commitment of many individuals and groups who champion what Main Street is all about – revitalizing the hearts of our communities and enhancing the quality of life for everyone,” Wilson said.

From records dating back to 1993, Mississippi Main Street, a program of the Mississippi Development Authority, has been responsible for more than $4 billion in combined public and private investment across the state. In addition to the investment figures, MMSA has been responsible for more than 5,013 new businesses, 29,022 new jobs and 3,745 building rehabilitations.

MMSA currently has 50 active Main Street Com-munities throughout the state as well as eight Downtown Network and many Association and Charrette communities.

The Main Street program is an economic development program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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