Sumrall Mayor Heath Sumrall is hoping to convince city leaders to join the Main Street Program after hearing about the movement at the Mississippi Municipal League’s 87th annual conference last month in Biloxi.
Sumrall received his Certified Municipal Officials Program certification during the conference, allowing him to learn through specially crafted courses to provide meaningful, informative and useful information.
“It is a good educational program by the Mississippi Municipal League,” Sumrall said. “We get to learn about the programs that will help in the performance of our jobs.”
Established in 2001, the CMO program is designed to expand an elected official’s knowledge and capabilities.
In July 1989, the Mississippi Downtown Development Association was successful in contracting with the Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development to develop and implement a statewide Main Street program. It provides technical assistance to member towns, which focused on issues embraced by the Four Point Approach of Main Street – Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Vitality – that are designed to match resources available in their communities.
Sumrall said Main Street has valuable resources that can help any town.
“I think it would be good for the town to get access to the abilities and the resources,” he said.
MMSA has 50 Main Street designated Communities, five Downtown Network Communities as well as numerous Association Members, Allied Members and Friends of Main Street. The association has reinvested more than $4 billion in public/private investment and assisting with the creation of more than 4,000 new businesses and 30,000 new jobs, and more than 2,000 buildings.