Moss Point looks to Main Street for redevelopment help

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - The city of Moss Point is now officially a Main Street Association city. A group of community and business leaders signed up for the economic development program to give the downtown district a makeover.

Shop owner Shelly Robertson hopes it will build the city's business reputation.

"A lot times Moss Point is kind of forgotten, and we are not recognized," Robertson said. "That recognition is going to help the city to grow. I hope that it will encourage people to start businesses, and also attract other people to come here and see the businesses already established."

Committee member Jennifer Flanagan agrees that the program's perks are endless. She says out of the 54 Main Street cities statewide, only seven are on the coast.

"Main Street brings you a concentrated knowledge base on economic development that anybody can understand," Flanagan said.  "It is all laid out and very structured, and it's almost like, 'Here is your sheet of paper. Follow the list.'"

Flanagan says the state association will help Moss Point evaluate its downtown to find out what's lacking, and how to restore its historic fabric.

"All of us need room to broaden our horizon, and none of us can be perfect or experts at everything. The first year is all about accessing what you have, and where you want go. By the time the economy turns back around, we should be ready and take advantage," Flanagan said.

Business owner Philip Scordino says this is great opportunity that will drive the city toward success.

"I think it will show people you can do things with just a little help that we may not have had before or couldn't go out individually and seek."

Moss Point will hold a Main Street designation celebration February 25 at the downtown plaza.