Front row left to right: Bonnie Cox, Nicole Folson, Sierra Dexter, Monique Horan, & Leshon Polk
Back Row left to right: Lee McMinn, Hallie Thomas, & Bobby Turnage
Board members not pictured: Charlie Dyer, Jaime Harker, & Tavi Toles
Citizens and business owners in Water Valley founded the Water Valley Main Street Association in 2007. In partnership with business owners, civic leaders, elected officials, and loyal residents of the town, we have prospered, received national press attention, and witnessed the development/improvement of buildings and businesses on Main Street.
We create a VIBRANT Main Street community through promotion, design, organization & economic vitality.
Through unique public/private partnerships, we improve the quality of life for our residents and create an inviting space for tourists.
We are proud of our past, and as we enter our future, we will expand economic opportunities for all Water Valley residents.
Enjoy our small town charm, unique eats, and beautiful downtown! Enjoy the Valley!!
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In April 2023, WVMSA received a grant through the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area Alliance and Mississippi Main Street Association for Community Rebranding with Branding & Marketing Expert Ben Muldrow. The Branding Package that WVMSA received will be used to market our amazing little town. Keep an eye out for all the cool stuff rolling out in 2023!
Pictured from left to right: Ben Muldrow, Leshon Polk, Charlie Dyer, Bill Warren, Alyssa Benedict, Lee McMinn, & Hallie Thomas
In March 2022, WVMSA received a $7,500 grant from the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area Alliance to do work at the Depot on Main Street, aka the Water Valley Casey Jones Railroad Museum. We have partnered with the keepers of the Museum to revitalize the depot from the inside out, preserve our railroad history, and create an interactive museum experience. The Depot project is underway, and we are currently raising funds to match the grant. If you'd like to donate to this cause, click the link below.
In 2022, Mississippi Main Street Association received legislative funding that allowed them to distribute $100,000 Revitalization Grants to accredited Main Street communities. WVMSA is utilizing the grant for a downtown streetscape project. The project will include crosswalks, bump outs, street signage, and wayfinding signage. Plans are in progress, and we look forward to breaking ground by the end of 2023!
Check out Water Valley's latest mural by local artist Bill Warren! Located right inside the alley across from The Depot on Main Street.
Thanks to Oxford Wal-Mart and Batesville Wal-Mart for choosing WVMSA as a recipient of your 2022 Community Grants to make this project possible.
In 2022, local artist Hannah McCormick completed an "Eat Local" mural funded by a Mississippi Main Street Community Development Grant. The mural is located above the Main Street Association building and is visible driving up from South Main Street.