Vote For Hattiesburg's Main Street To Win Revitalization Contest - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

Vote For Hattiesburg's Main Street To Win Revitalization Contest

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg's Main Street is in a revitalization contest with other Main Streets across the world.

Main Street Matters is a project designed by paint manufacturer, Benjamin Moore. The company plans to revitalize Main Streets across North America. More than 100 cities are in the contest. Hattiesburg and Jackson are the chosen cities participating from Mississippi.

"What they are trying to do is to make Main Streets look better," said Betsy Rowell, the executive director of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association.

She said Benjamin Moore chose some of the participating cities, because they've experienced a weather disaster.

"I think Hattiesburg was chosen to participate because of the February 10 tornado that happened," she said. "Parts adjacent to downtown along Fourth Street and Mobile Street were severely hit."

If Hattiesburg wins, they also plan to pick other downtown businesses not located on Main Street to help.

"The buildings have to be occupied, they can't be vacant," Rowell said.

Business of 206 Front and HHDA President Tom White said this project is just what Hattiesburg needs to add to years of rebuilding downtown.

"We've been at it hard with our own downtown Hattiesburg revitalization process," White said. "You've got the Hub City Lofts, those new apartments coming in.

"You've got 7 or 8 choices for downtown eating and drinking, with nightlife," he said.

"This would really be a boost from some of our businesses that can benefit from this," Rowell said.

Be sure to visit Main Street Matters to vote for Hattiesburg. You can vote everyday until June 30.

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