Laurel, Miss. – May 2, 2014 – Laurel Main Street (LMS) today announced that the organization's executive director, Judi Holifield, will retire on June 1. Holifield, who oversaw many beloved city events including the Loblolly Festival, Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook-off, Farmer's Market and more during her tenure, joined LMS in 2011.
"Nobody has cared more about the mission of this organization, worked harder despite challenges or advocated more passionately on behalf of LMS than Judi," said Brad Kent, president of Laurel Main Street. "She successfully managed the organization through a period of significant growth and set us on a great path programmatically."
While Holifield was executive director, LMS received several Mississippi Main Street awards including the Best New Signage and Best Public Improvement Project in 2013, Best Capital Campaign in 2012 and Holifield received a Main Street Award of Excellence in 2012.
"Working along side the board at Laurel Main Street has been a fulfilling experience and I'm very proud of what we've accomplished," said Holifield. "I look forward to the next chapter of my life and the opportunities to take time for me and my family, while continuing to support LMS and its endeavors as a volunteer."
The LMS board will conduct the process to choose a successor as executive director.
Founded in 2007, Laurel Main Street is a 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to revitalizing historic downtown Laurel, Miss., through preservation and economic growth. They recently received accreditation from the National Main Street Program and maintain membership with the Mississippi Main Street Association. To learn more about Laurel Main Street, please visit www.laurelmainstreet.com.