Workshop method

Leake County and Philadelphia Main Streets Get Workbench Workshop –

The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) will deliver work planning workshops to 25 Main Street communities across the state in 2022 to help restore economic vitality to historic downtowns and business districts.

The workshops will be led by Randy Wilson of Community Design Solutions and will produce strategic plans to guide downtown revitalization in communities. The process will produce the strategies and framework necessary for successful implementation by local Main Street programs in each of the communities.

The project is funded by a two-year, $267,500 grant from the WK Kellogg Foundation, with additional support from the Mississippi Development Authority.

The 25 Main Street communities that will receive a work plan workshop include: Tunica, Cleveland, Greenville, Greenwood, Philadelphia, Leake County, Meridian, Vicksburg, Clinton, Crystal Springs, Natchez, Woodville, Columbia, Laurel, Hattiesburg, Sumrall, Picayune, Gulfport, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, Moss Point, Winona, Forest, Pass Christian and Long Beach.

The workshops will be a one-day facilitated process with a group of stakeholders in each community and will begin in April and end in September of this year.

This project is a continuation of an earlier series of workplan workshops that were funded by the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area for the 23 Main Street communities in their area.

When the workshops are complete this year, each community on Main Street in Mississippi will have received a workplan workshop and a strategic planning report.

The reports will be informed by community-specific economic and market analysis to be produced by Dr. Rachael Carter with Mississippi State University Extension. Final deliverables will include a community economic profile, a multi-page work plan document categorized into the four points of the Main Street Approach™, and a strategy chart that will serve as an implementation guideline.

“We are thrilled with our partnership with the Kellogg Foundation and look forward to helping our communities with this valuable planning service,” said Thomas Gregory, state coordinator for MMSA. “These workshops are designed to build consensus in the community and set priorities for the Main Street program for the coming year.”