SOUTHERN

Simply Uniquely

Whether you are looking for great restaurants, special events, shopping experiences, business opportunities, holiday fun, history, entertainment, a place to worship, or a place to live, you'll find it here. Downtown Vicksburg offers a rich combination of assets: distinctive historic architecture, unique living spaces, a pedestrian/pet-friendly environment, personal service, local ownership, and community pride. Join us in downtown Vicksburg where...Everything is waiting for you!

 

  view all assets by pressing the tabs above

Our Mission

A 4-Point Approach to Success

Our mission is to create a program that will encourage and promote the economic growth and welfare of the community through planning, beautification and preservation of our central business district, thus providing a competitive local and regional business market and serving our growing tourism industry.

Design

This arm of the program is involved with all the visual elements that shape the downtown's appearance, including buildings, streetscapes, signs, and window displays.

  • Monthly newsletters
  • E-Mail Blasts
  • Façade Grants
  • Art Park at Catfish Row
  • Riverfront Murals
  • Co-op Ads with Downtown Taxing District
  • Fall Festival Decorations
  • Christmas Decorations

The creation of a Downtown Conservation District by the City of Vicksburg in October 1991 came about through the efforts of this committee. The Conservation Commission reviews proposed construction, additions, remodeling, demolition, signage and landscaping within a large in-town district.

Promotion

Marketing the downtown area to potential visitors, customers and investors is a key part of the Main Street Program.

In addition to sidewalk sales, style shows and other seasonal events, the Main Street Program is a co-sponsor of "Riverfest." This 2-day festival, recognized as one of the "top twenty events in the Southeast United States" for the past several years, brings thousands of people into the downtown area.

Organization

This part of the Main Street Program works to achieve consensus and cooperation from the various individuals and organizations who are working to help our city grow and prosper.

Main Street has been most fortunate to receive support from almost every group in our community. Most of the leaders working to help our town grow and prosper recognize that downtown, the heart of our city, does not exist in isolation.

Economic Development

This is the most complicated piece of the puzzle because it involves strengthening the downtown's economic base while building new market opportunities for the future.

The past few years have seen major changes in the make-up of the businesses in the area. While there are a number of retailers who have been in the area for half a century or more, the large "department stores" have either closed or moved. In their place, we have new specialty shops and service businesses. Old buildings that have stood vacant for several years are being renovated and leased to new businesses.

 

Quick Links

Main Street Tourist Map Front 100917f

Downtown Walking Map

annual-meeting

Annual Meeting Packet

brickscape

Brickscapes Project

en_USEnglish
en_USEnglish