Main Street Biloxi named best in state

Main Street Biloxi has been named the best of the nearly four dozen Main Street groups across the state, and the Biloxi group has also been recognized for a downtown investor fair it organized last year.

The awards were presented recently during the Mississippi Main Street Association annual meeting in Jackson. With 46 Main Street organizations and 20 member towns, the Mississippi Main Street Association is the largest in the country.

Main Street Biloxi, which has 26 board members and works with 10 partner agencies to promote downtown Biloxi, was recognized for its overall
overall organizational excellence, strong and clear leadership, and a clear set of goals and objectives.

Among the group’s popular initiatives are “drive-in movies” on the Town Green, brown bag lunches, downtown beautification projects and helping draw attention to the business and visitor opportunities in downtown Biloxi.

The group was also recognized for having the “Best Retention-Recruitment Program for Downtown” for its Blueprint Biloxi Investor Fair in April 2004. Main Street Biloxi invited local and outside investors, developers, and business owners for a two-day seminar where discussion included such topics as local economic drives, trends, available property, financing alternatives, and tax incentives.

Biloxi has been a Main Street Town since 1990. Main Street’s current board includes Don Doyle, president; Dennis Burke, vice president and president-elect; David Staehling Jr., treasurer; Sara Miller, ex-officio and former president; and J.J. John Gagne, secretary. Kay Miller is executive director.

Those interested in learning more about Main Street Biloxi should visit the Main Street office on the Biloxi Town Green or contact Main Street via phone (228-435-6339) or online at