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MMSA announces 2024 training and event calendar

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One of the most important ways MMSA helps local Main Street programs is by providing opportunities for training and professional development throughout the year. These trainings and events provide important information for Main Street programs but also provide the opportunity to network and learn from Main Street programs throughout the state.

Members of Mississippi Main Street are offered a discounted registration fee for trainings. Main Street Trainings are open to both members and non-members and are relevant to local Board members, Main Street directors, Committee members, volunteers, and local partners.

At the beginning of 2024, Mississippi Main Street will host its annual Directors’ Retreat in Ocean Springs. The retreat is reserved for Main Street directors of Designated and Network Communities.

Mississippi Main Street also hosts several workshops each year related to the Four Points of the Main Street Approach. There will be a training event dedicated to each of the Four Points, including organization, design, promotion, and economic vitality, at least once every two years. In 2024, the trainings will focus on the Points of Design (Tupelo) and Economic Vitality (Meridian) with an emphasis on the incentives and benefits of historic rehabilitation.

We are thrilled that 2024 marks MMSA’s 40th anniversary and we will have a special 40th Anniversary Awards Gala in Jackson in June so make plans to attend and celebrate this milestone with us!

Finally, Mississippi partners with Arkansas and Louisiana’s coordinating programs to host Destination Downtown each fall. This multi-day conference is an excellent opportunity to learn about Main Street from regional and national speakers and network with Main Street leaders from the three-state region. The location rotates between Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana, with each state hosting the conference once every three years.

We are excited that Destination Downtown 2024 will be held in Vicksburg, and we will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of not only MMSA but also Main Street Arkansas, Louisiana Main Street, and Vicksburg Main Street! You don’t want to miss this fun and educational conference. For more information about upcoming trainings and events, please visit the MMSA Trainings and Events page.

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