Monday, January 24, 2022

Greenwood Main Street Marks 20th Anniversary

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Since 1995, Main Street Greenwood has been dedicated to the promotion and preservation of historic downtown Greenwood.

Main Street Greenwood has a strong history of committed service and collaboration. Former Greenwood Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Janice Moor led the “larger than life effort” to establish Main Street Greenwood, according to Allan Hammons, of Hammons & Associates. The first executive director was May Whittington, who later went on to serve in the Mississippi House of Representatives. The original Main Street Greenwood offices were housed in today’s Hammons & Associates conference room.

Some of the earliest projects of Main Street Greenwood included the restoration of the clock and bell tower of the Leflore County Courthouse, the restoration of the historic Keesler Bridge, and the preservation of the Carnegie Library. Other projects have included the installation of downtown benches and the placement of bike racks around the city, as well as having the Greenwood Underpass placed on the National Register of historic places. Since its incorporation, countless façades throughout downtown Greenwood, including over 22 along the Carrollton/Johnson corridor have been restored by Main Street Greenwood.

Today’s Main Street Greenwood is a thriving non-profit organization that continues to work towards preserving downtown Greenwood through façade grant programs, tax credit initiatives and other economic development incentives for small downtown businesses. In addition to the preservation work, Main Street Greenwood also works to promote the downtown area through events such as Que on the Yazoo, Ramcat Rhythm & Brews, Art Alfresco and Red & Greenwood.

Main Street Greenwood appreciates the opportunity to have served the local community for 20 years and looks forward to many more.

Courtesy of Delta Business Journal

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