Ocean Springs

Miller Recognized for More Than 25 Years of Leadership

July 20, 2014

(Ocean Springs, MS) - Main Street-Tourism Bureau was recently honored for more than 25 years of leadership within the community at the Mississippi Main Street Association Awards Luncheon in June and National Main Street Conference earlier this year.

During the Mississippi Main Street Association's Annual Award Luncheon held on June 19 in Jackson, Miller received a round of applause for serving as a prominent leader of main streets, preservation and economic development in Ocean Springs for more than 25 years. Highly recognized throughout the state as a leader passionate about main street, Miller's wealth of experience has been a valuable asset to main street. Speaking at manager's trainings and setting examples of award winning communities, Miller's noteworthy contributions have impacted a community of success.

At the National Main Street Conference held in Detroit, Michigan in May of this year, where more than 1500 main street and tourism professionals attended, Miller was one of only a handful of directors honored for her years of hard work and development through the main street program.

Over the past 25 years, Miller's devotion has been evident with participating on the Gulf Coast Regional Tourism Partnership that administered millions of dollars to coast organizations to aid in recovery from Hurricane Katrina, Governor's MSGoCoast2020-Restore Act, Jackson County Economic Development Foundation, South Coast USA, and Livable Ocean Springs-Sustainable Community Initiative Steering Committee among many other industry associations.

Miller serves as the director of the three-tiered non-profit organization, Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau which over sees monthly events, award winning festivals and a strong membership base.

Ocean Springs Main Street Received 2014 National Main Street Accreditation

July 15, 2014

(Ocean Springs, MS) – Ocean Springs Main Street has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce a list of accredited Main Street® programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach®.

"We congratulate this year's nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center's performance standards," says Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center. "Accredited Main Street programs create vibrant communities by using a comprehensive strategy to preserve their historic character and revitalize their commercial districts, which helps make these great places to work, live, play and visit."


The organization's performance is annually evaluated by Mississippi Main Street Association, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program's application of the Main Street Four Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.


"On a national level, both large and small cities have benefited from the Main Street Approach," says Margaret Miller, executive director of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau. "It shows through in the town of Ocean Springs due to its many partners, strong cultural and historic preservation and thriving business community."


Ocean Springs Main Street has combined its efforts with its Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau utilizing the Four Point Approach and strategy to bring revitalization, economic development and inspirational efforts to the community of Ocean Springs as well as partner with its more than 500 local business members to increase the impact and promote the quality of life for the award winning community.


With such improvements as the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center for Arts & Education, circa 1927, PAPOS the public art project of Ocean Springs, transforming downtown into an interactive museum with public art sprinkled throughout the district and the nationally acclaimed award-winning Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival with an economic impact of more than $23 million, the organization holds strong to its mission to promote tourism, provide progressive leadership for economic and community vitality for the greater Ocean Springs, Jackson County and gulf coast and to enhance local culture and preserve quality of life through planned growth, diversification and beautification.


Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working in more than 2,200 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 34 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $59.6 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 502,728 net new jobs and 115,381 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 246,158 buildings, leveraging an average of $33.28 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.


Blue Moon Art Project Opens Applications to Mississippi Artists

June 4, 2014

(Ocean Springs, MS) - Blue Moon is teaming up with the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau to call on Mississippi artists to paint their interpretation of Blue Moon for a chance to win $2,000 and to showcase the art during the state's largest fine arts festival in November.

Everyone is familiar with the nation’s artfully crafted beer, Blue Moon, and following the concept that brewing is an art, art is present in all aspects of Blue Moon. So, to bring that feeling to our state, Blue Moon has inspired the Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival to call artists throughout Mississippi to paint their interpretation of Blue Moon into an artfully crafted painting and showcase them during the 36th Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival which is presented by Blue Moon in Ocean Springs, Mississippi on November 1 and 2.

"Art is not just about a sculpture or a painting," says Cynthia Dobbs Sutton, events and public relations manager for the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau. "Art is about creativity and expressing individuality through such mediums as painting, singing, building, culinary cooking or even beer making. We want to welcome those artists to team up with us and Blue Moon and express themselves through a painting celebrating all things artfully crafted and to show the nation our creative economy."

Artists residing in Mississippi and who are over the age of 21, may download this year's application at www.peterandersfestival.com and by clicking on the "Blue Moon" logo. Size of painting and canvas used is strictly enforced. All artwork and applications must be delivered to the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau by Thursday, October 16 no later than 3 p.m. to be considered. One winner will be chosen as the Blue Moon Art Project winner receiving $2,000 and will be the feature work for all things Blue Moon in the coming year's Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival. Also, voters will pick the "People's Choice Award" winner during the two day festival in November. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize.

This year's project is brought by Blue Moon Brewing Company, F.E.B. Distributing Company and the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau.

For more information, visit www.peterandersonfestival.com or call the Ocean Springs Chamber at 228-875-4424.

Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce Launches 99 Days of Summer Campaign

June 25, 2014


(Ocean Springs, MS) – The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau has begun a summer campaign, “99 Days of Summer” to encourage locals and visitors to spend their summer in Ocean Springs. The campaign which began on Memorial Day weekend will run through Labor Day weekend.


“There is so much to do in Ocean Springs for families”, said Margaret Miller, executive director of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau. “This campaign showcases numerous activities and free ways that families can enjoy their summer with us in Ocean Springs.”


The campaign features a list of 99 things to do in Ocean Springs highlighting the various shops, and restaurants, as well as summer camps, beach activities and tours. Encouraging families to use their creativity, many of the items are free and all are fun for the whole family. The campaign also includes a photo booth at the Ocean Springs Visitor Center and a strong social media presence.


Tourism in Ocean Springs is an economic driver with hundreds of thousands of individuals visiting the town throughout the year creating a tremendous economic impact.

Stop by the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Center at 1000 Washington Avenue to pick up your “99 Days of Summer” guide in Ocean Springs. Visit www.facebook.com/oceanspringschamberofcommerce for weekly posts of summer fun ideas.

36th Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival set in Ocean Springs

May 1, 2014

(Ocean Springs) - The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce - Main Street – Tourism Bureau is proud to host the 36th Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival presented by Blue Moon on Saturday, November 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout downtown Ocean Springs.

This award winning, long standing arts festival attracts nearly 400 vendors from around the continent that display everything from the finest pottery, paintings, jewelry, and sculptures to woodwork, metal work, and handmade tile pieces. Attendees will enjoy plenty of the best sounding southern music and tastiest, southern food around in this family –friendly outdoor event.

The annual festival makes a significant contribution to developing the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a regional arts destination. The event has grown to become known as the largest fine arts festival in the state attracting an attendance in excess of 120,000 to the local area. In 2011, the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development in partnership with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, worked to determine the economic impact totaling $23 million to the local economy confirming that the Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival serves both as a tool to bring in new revenue into the community, but also serves to enhance the culture of the region.

The event has been recognized as “Festival of the Year” by Southeast Tourism Society, “Southern Traveler Treasure” by AAA Southern Traveler’s Magazine, and “Best Special Event” by Mississippi Main Street and is presented by F.E.B. Distributing Company/Blue Moon.

For more information on this award winning event, please contact the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce - Main Street – Tourism Bureau at 228-875-4424 or visit www.peterandersonfestival.com.

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