Thursday, February 19, 2009
Officials attend conference
Holly Springs Mayor Andre’ DeBerry, alderman Russell Johnson and city clerk Belinda McDonald recently attended the Mississippi Municipal League’s 2009 Mid-Winter Conference in Jackson.
Along with approximately 500 others, they participated in discussions of current legislative issues and their impact on local government. During the conference, participants were also able to network with their legislators and provide important feedback on issues that are critical to municipalities. One of the highlights of the conference was an address by Lt. Governor Phil Bryant.
In addition, attendees visited the capitol for the annual “Coffee in the Rotunda.”
“Getting our municipal leaders to the capitol at the start of the legislative session is an important component of the Mid-Winter Conference,” said MML President Mayor Knox Ross Jr. of Pelahatchie.
“The excellent participation we have is indicative of the commitment and interest our local officials have in being part of the legislative process.”
The conference also included an economic symposium offering attendees an overview of current economic conditions at the local, state and national levels. Featured speakers included state treasurer Tate Reeves, Demery Grubbs of Government Consultants, Dave Dennis, a former member of the Federal Reserves Board, and Marie Thomas of Governor Haley Barbour’s office.
The mission of the Mississippi Municipal League is helping cities and towns excel. Established in 1931, MML represents 288 city, town and village governments in Mississippi. MML is also affiliated with the National League of Cities, a lobbying, legislative and legal arm representing municipalities before the U.S. Congress.
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