NETTLETON, Miss. (WTVA) - Nettleton's downtown has a lot of potential, according to the Main Street Association.
This week, the Mississippi Main Street Association will help provide some input to move forward.
State and local representatives believe the downtown area can come to life again.
"Nettleton is one of Mississippi Main Street's newest designated communities and anytime we welcome a new community into our association, we bring a resource team of professionals to develop a strategic plan for the downtown area," said Thomas Gregory, of Mississippi Main Street.
The state Main Street Association will study the city for three days, talking with city officials and business owners along the way.
When it's over, they will recommend possible improvements.
That pleases business owners, like J.J. Birkes, who owns some buildings downtown.
"This is a great opportunity for the town of Nettleton. I'm very grateful this is happening because this is the town that I grew up in," Birkes said.
School officials have a stake in the downtown improvements also.
"Being the high school principal, we want to integrate with our community. We want to make sure we integrate the two as much as we can," said Justin Hollis, the high school principal.
The plans are coming together and Wednesday night, those plans will be revealed.
"But when you look around, you look at downtown, a lot of their buildings are in decline, they just don't have the vibrancy that we've had in years past, " said Jennifer Prather, a Mississippi Main Street representative.
"And I think one of the main things, we want community involvement with the school, the businesses and all the residential," said Julie Raper, of Nettleton Main Street.
Members of the state Main Street Association will make their final recommendations to the city Wednesday night at 5:00 at First United Methodist Church in Nettleton.