Listen Up: Journey to a Downtown Turnaround

On June 6-7, 2019, the Mississippi Heritage Trust will host the Listen Up! Historic Preservation Conference in Grenada, presented by BankPlus. Using the amazing downtown renaissance that is happening in this historic city, the conference will focus on six essential elements in the journey to a “downtown turnaround.” Speakers will address the question “what does it take to breathe new life into old places?” through case studies of communities around the state including Tupelo, Bay Saint Louis and Greenwood. A panel of community leaders from Grenada will discuss recent successes and future goals.

The conference will be held at First & Green, one of Grenada’s great preservation success stories. Highlights of the conference include the 6th Annual Downtown 2.0 Tour, hosted by the Grenada Downtown Foundation, a reception in the courtyard of Molly’s Place, the Mississippi Heritage Trust Annual Membership Meeting and a picnic and games at the Lee Tartt Nature Preserve, hosted by the Friends of Chakchiuma Swamp.

Sponsors for the conference include First & Green, Grenada Downtown Innovation District, Grenada Tourism Commission, Janet Kinard, Lofts on the Square, Molly’s Place, Sabrina Howell and Square View.

Registration is $95 a person, $75 a person for participants of MHT’s Preservation Toolkit Workshops. You can view the full schedule and register for the conference at

Listen Up Historic Preservation Conference
Hosted by the Mississippi Heritage Trust
Presented by BankPlus

Grenada, Mississippi
June 6-7, 2019

Conference Schedule

First & Green
97 1st Street

Thursday, June 6

10:00 Welcome-Councilman the Reverend Ernest Hargrove, City of Grenada

10:15 Welcome-Deborah Bailey, First and Green

10:30 Recipe for Success-Six Essential Elements for a Downtown Turnaround, Leah Kemp, Carl Small Town Center

11:30 Community Report 1-Tupelo, Doyce Deas, Tupelo Historic Preservation Commission

12:30 Farmer’s Market Lunch

1:30 Community Report 2-Greenwood, Brantley Snipes, Main Street Greenwood

2:30 Mix It Up, Chris Chain, Renovations of Mississippi, Inc.

3:30 Community Report 3-Bay Saint Louis, Ellis Anderson, The ShooFly Magazine

5:30 6th Downtown 2.0 Tour, hosted by the Grenada Community Foundation

6:30 Cocktails in the Courtyard, hosted by Grenada Downtown Innovation District

MHT Annual Membership Meeting

Friday, June 7

9:00 Community Report 4-Grenada, Moderator-Deborah Bailey, Grenada Downtown Innovation District

  • Trey Baker, City of Grenada
  • Keith Bloodworth, Developer, Square View
  • Will Goff-Grenada Chamber Community Development Committee
  • Isabella Kinder-Afterglow Film Festival
  • Robin Whitfield-Friends of Chakchiuma Swamp
  • Gary Worsham, Grenada Tourism Commission

11:00 Q and A-What’s Next

11:30 Picnic and Games at Lee Tartt Nature Preserve hosted by Friends of Chakchiuma Swamp, Robert F. Poore, Native Habitats, Inc.

Categories: Grenada, Preservation Education, Preservation People/Events


1 reply

  1. What a pick-me-up on a Friday morning! I had to search for First and Green–what a beautiful building restoration and reuse!


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