Thursday, May 6, 2010
Improving Main Street area
This week Byhalia mayor Phil Malone and Sarah Sawyer of the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce began work on a study with the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) aimed at the revitalization of Main Street Byhalia.
The idea behind this effort is to enable local business owners and property owners to work with professionals from around the state to find ways to improve the Main Street area.
Mayor Malone says, “I have a responsibility to the citizens of Byhalia to bring them access to every available tool to help our city grow.”
With this in mind, Sarah Sawyer, working with her peers in chambers of commerce across the state, brought the idea of this program to the mayor’s attention. He felt this would be a great time for area residents and business owners to take advantage of the experience gained by the work that MMSA has done across the State of Mississippi.
Kent Mathis, with UBS Financial Services, a member of the Byhalia Area Chamber, has volunteered to assist in taking the first steps on this project. Mathis will begin talking with business owners and residents in Byhalia to find out the areas that they see as important to the health of their city.
In addition, he will be offering the opportunity for these people to meet with the representatives of the Mississippi Main Street Association and have their input included as a real part of this process. Mathis states, “No idea is too small, no issue is unimportant. In order for this effort to have the desired effect, we need everyone’s participation.”
The scheduled dates for the Main Street charettes will be August 31, Sept. 1-2. If you are interested in becoming a part of this project, all stakeholders are encouraged to contact the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce at 662-838-8127. More information on this community effort will be forthcoming.
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