Main Street Biloxi is one of seven national programs that will serve as demonstration sites for a refreshed approach to comprehensive community revitalization and preservation-based economic development.
Detroit; Miami; Milledgeville, Ga.; Gary, Ind.; and Lexington, Ky., are the other cities that will take part in the program, which is supported by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
"This is quite an honor for Main Street Biloxi and our program administrators Kay Miller and Laurie Rosetti," said Biloxi Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich. "It underscores the tremendous job they do on a regular basis, and also reflects well on the volunteers who provide so much support."
Local leaders will receive 12 to 18 months of free organizational capacity building and hands-on technical assistance from national experts on how best to involve the community in revitalization efforts, plan and execute long-term strategic action, and effectively measure the effects of those efforts.