March 20, 2008
Main Street ceremony slated March 26 in Holly Springs
Speakers and dignitaries at the event include Mayor André DeBerry, mayor of Holly Springs; Dr. David L. Beckley, president of Rust College; Bill Mobley, Mississippi Development Authority manager, Northeast Regional Office; Mike Armour, manager of the Appalachian Regional Office; Suzanne M. Smith, 2008 MMSA board president; Sam Agnew, MMSA Program Services director, Northern District Office; and Bob Wilson, MMSA executive director.
“We are thrilled to welcome Holly Springs to the MMSA family and to work with them to revitalize their town using the Main Street model,” Wilson said.
Following the ceremony, MMSA staff will conduct board training at noon in the courtroom at City Hall for the newly formed Holly Springs Main Street board of directors.
Mississippi Main Street program is an economic development program
based in historic preservation focused on developing Mississippi’s
Judith Otto, chair of the Tourism Bureau’s board of directors, and Lynn Pullen, chair of the Chamber of Commerce board of directors, made the news public Friday, following the drafting of a letter of intent to be presented to the mayor and board of aldermen.
Objectives of the new alliance are to explore avenues of cost containment, identify areas of focus that are duplicated, and create a bond between the organizations that will allow them jointly to enhance the benefits of tourism, business and economic development for the City of Holly Springs and, consequently, Marshall County as a whole.
The alliance’s letter of intent specifies that both entities will continue to operate independently, consistent with the terms of their separate missions and charters, sharing such financial responsibilities as are deemed appropriate by the task force, which consists of the officers of both boards, their executive directors, and financial and legal advisors.
As an efficiency measure, the Chamber of Commerce office will be relocated to the Yellow Fever House at 104 East College, current home of the Tourism Bureau offices.
This facility will be shared by the two agencies during an interim period, while long-term plans to relocate and expand operations within a larger, historic, and city-owned building are actively pursued.
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