SALTILLO – Saltillo will formally become the state’s 52nd Mississippi Main Street Community during a ceremony next month.
The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) will host the designation ceremony at 10 a.m. March 8 in the Community Room at City Hall. There will be a public reception immediately following the designation.
“We are excited about becoming a member of Mississippi Main Street,” said Saltillo Mayor Rex Smith. “We are looking forward to having all of their resources and expertise available as we work to make the city of Saltillo an even better place to live, work, shop and raise a family.”
MMSA board president Suzanne Smith, of Tupelo, said the group is excited to have the Lee County town on board.
“They have worked a long time on their application and are very ready to get started,” she said. “We are looking forward to a long and productive relationship with Saltillo as a Main Street community.”
Lindsey Hines was hired last October as the city’s community director with the expectation she would become the Main Street director once the city of 4,700 people was approved. In two weeks, her title will formally change to Main Street director.
“I am so thankful for this opportunity with the city of Saltillo,” Hines said. “I know that being a Mississippi Main Street member is going to help Saltillo reach our full potential in all aspects.”
The cost of joining MMSA is steep on the front end – $10,000 for the first year and tapers down to $2,000 annually after the fourth year. In exchange, the city will receive a wealth of information, training and assistance.
According to MMSA, designated Main Street communities receive a minimum of $25,000 in technical assistance during the first year alone. Since 1993, MMSA has provided more than $4 billion in public and private re-investment back into Main Street communities.