Community rallies for Booneville Main Street

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

BOONEVILLE – City leaders and community members concerned about Booneville’s downtown met this week with Mississippi Main Street officials to discuss a need to update the program.
District Director Jan Miller will work with the Booneville Area Chamber of Commerce and the city board to develop more focus and a plan of action.
The city is expected to provide the financial support that is required of Main Street programs for state participation. Main Street is a part of the Chamber, from which the city withdrew support for this fiscal year.
“I am confident with the mayor and aldermen on board and community volunteers, it’s a win-win solution,” said Chamber President Leigh Ann Michael. “We are excited about moving forward and the hard work that it takes to have a progressive downtown.”
Several owners of downtown buildings and other Booneville residents joined chamber, city and county officials to hear a presentation from Mississippi Main Street Executive Director Bob Wilson.
He shared anecdotes and pictures of program successes across Mississippi, with two of the state’s earliest and most successful programs in West Point and Columbus.
“We’ll work with the groups here, do community training again and see what vision they have of how to present this community,” Wilson said. “Booneville has a lot going for it, and the key to success is everybody working together – the city, the county, businesses and the people.”
City officials support the Chamber’s leadership role in Main Street, said Mayor Joe Eaton, who added that what will happen now is Miller working with both groups to set firm goals.
“Our job is to make things happen, to rally the troops,” Miller said.

Contact Lena Mitchell at 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@journalinc.com.