Thomas Gregory of Starkville has been named as the new state coordinator for the Mississippi Main Street Association.
Gregory is a certified planner and has served the past two years with the Carl Small Town Center at Mississippi State University as a community planner. For eight years, Gregory served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the city of Greenwood, writing grants, administering projects, and implementing the comprehensive plan for the city.
Gregory graduated with a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with specializations in land use planning, real estate development and historic preservation. Gregory also received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Mississippi State University.
“I am thrilled to be part of a great team at what I believe to be the most effective community and economic development organization in the state of Mississippi,” Gregory said.
“I am energized by the important work that lies ahead and I am excited about collaborating with the board of directors and our team to expand the capacity of the Mississippi Main Street Association in the state, including all 53 Main Street communities in Mississippi,” he added.
Gregory’s primary responsibilities will be administration, advocacy, fundraising, and grant writing.
He will start with MMSA on July 1 with a district office based in Starkville, and MMSA will also have an office at the GM&O Depot in downtown Jackson, a historic building of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
“I look forward to traveling the state to build partnerships and to get to know our communities so I can begin sharing their stories of success with our supporters in Mississippi,” Gregory said.
Since 1993, MMSA has generated more than $5.4 billion in private and public investment (including nearly $1.3 billion in public investment), 38,097 net new jobs, 5,881 net new businesses, rehabilitated 3,377 buildings and added 3,185 downtown residential units. MMSA is a program of the National Main Street Center, with many public and private partners.