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MS Main Street Association - Destination Downtown

Sep 11, 2017- Sep 13, 2017

The 2017 Destination Downtown conference will be held in bustling Gulfport, Mississippi, September 11-13.

Gulfport is known for its thriving downtown business district and scenic, coastal atmosphere. Downtown Gulfport is a rapidly growing urban area, home to dozens of dining, entertainment and nightlife destinations. Businesses, property owners and numerous others come together to ensure that downtown Gulfport reaches its full potential while promoting the district as an ideal place to work, play and live. The second largest city in Mississippi, Gulfport is home to major industries and companies (and partners of Main Street!) like Mississippi Power, Hancock Bank and the international Port of Gulfport.

Our conference will take place smack dab in the middle of downtown at the First United Methodist Church, City Hall and Fire Station as our meeting locations. Everyone will have the chance to see Fishbone Alley, winner of the 2017 Innovation on Main Street Award at the National Main Street Now Conference in Pittsburgh. In addition to great educational sessions by local, state and national downtown leaders, we will taste and see the culture of the coast, including a heritage cultural tour, downtown façade tour, brewery tour, pub crawl and, of course, amazing seafood!

The theme of this year's conference is “Leadership Development.” Many conference sessions will focus on examples of exemplary leadership from grassroots volunteers to public officials who make a difference in creating a culture of innovation and success in our Main Street communities as well as the tools to attract and develop leaders within our Main Street network to take your programs to the next level. We can’t wait to connect with you on the Mississippi Gulf Coast!      

Agenda and Registration coming this summer!     

Hotel Accommodations:

Host Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Gulfport Beachfront
1600 East Beach Boulevard Gulfport, MS 39501

Reservations for the event will be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott reservations at 1.800.321.2211 or 228.864.4310, or the Online Reservation Link.

Room Cut-off: Aug. 14, 2017

Group Name: Destination Downtown

Destination Downtown 2017 is presented by:




Main Street Arkansas




Mississippi Main Street





Louisiana Main Street





Delta Regional Authority





Gulfport Main Street




MS Gulf Coast National Heritage Area


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