Front row left to right: Alyssa Benedict, Executive Director,, Jaime Harker, Becca Finley, Hallie Thomas, & Lauren Stokes
Back row left to right: Lee McMinn, Board President,, Bobby Turnage, Kenneth Rogers, & Tavi Toles
Not pictured: Nicole Folson & Cliff Johnson
Water Valley is one of five Main Street communities to be selected for the Envision-Connect program and receive a USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant.
The ultimate goal of the program was to produce a focused, targeted conceptual design and strategy that results in tangible projects impacting the broader community as community catalyst. The process over the past year consisted of several steps including mapping and research for the project infrastructure, engaging locally-designated focus groups to a establish a list of prioritized projects, a two day community visit from the Orion Planning Team & MMSA, and then giving a final presentation of results and next steps.
Water Valley held its Final Presentation on January 7th. We are excited to begin our catalyst projects in 2022!
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 cultivate job opportunities. Take Everest, our local, rural economic development hub. Communities and opportunities birth here. Our youth not only can envision a bright future, but they are also living it.
In association with our local entrepreneurs, we celebrate the gifts and resources of our community. Our Magnolia Market during the summer and fall months shines a spotlight on what our community wants to share with you.
We also believe in our artistic, entrepreneurial communities. The Water Valley Arts Council lives within our walls, and we actively support the arts. Together, we ramp up for the year's events, including its annual Art Crawl festivities.
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!!