Video: Main Street Columbus Lands National Honor

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MAY 3, 2016—National Life Group today announced its 2016 Main Streets Across America, a celebration of streets in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia that reflect strong ‘main street values’, play a central role in the communities in which they are located and have great stories to tell.


Mississippi is represented this year by Main Street in Columbus.

The Main Streets Across America website notes, “Still known among locals as “Possum Town,” the name it was given by Native Americans, the small city of Columbus, Mississippi is known for its historical charm, community pride — and, of course, southern hospitality. Its handsome downtown, centered on Main Street’s historic district, was voted one of the top 10 ‘Wonderful Small Town Central Business Districts in the South’ in 2013 by Southern Business and Development magazine. Columbus was also the winner of the 2010 “Great American Main Street Award” for its strong downtown ethics and its passion for embracing historic preservation, while also building strategic partnerships that have helped boost the local economy. The organization, Main Street Columbus, has been pivotal, together with many downtown property owners, in bringing about this positive movement for the city.”

Main Street is an iconic part of American life. Whether it’s named Main Street, Park Avenue, Mountain Road, Ocean Boulevard or something else, it’s a place where businesses, families and individuals come together to support each other, and to live, work and play. It’s the place where people gather to celebrate history and heroes, pass traditions from one generation to the next and build strong and vibrant communities with new perspectives and fresh ideas.


“Main Street is more than just an address, it’s a mindset that embraces a strong sense of community based on shared neighborly values,” said Mehran Assadi, CEO, National Life Group. “It’s a place where handshakes, smiles and personal greetings still mean something and where promises are made and kept. To some, that may sound nostalgic, but at National Life, we believe main street values still exist and we use them to guide everything we do and every decision we make.”


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