Thursday, May 6, 2010
Byhalia chamber busy with activities
By SUE WATSON
Byhalia has been approached by Mississippi Main Street to organize a program for the town.
Sarah Sawyer, executive director of the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber is working with the mayor and board aldermen to hold charrettes on August 31 and September 1-2.
“It is a very positive thing and a good thing for Byhalia,” said Sawyer, announcing that chamber board member Kent Mathis has agreed to spearhead the project.
A team from Northeast Mississippi has agreed to assist Byhalia in its studies.
Mathis announced Thursday at the chamber luncheon that he will visit businesses and residents face-to-face in upcoming weeks to get public input and assess specific interests.
“We can find affordable ways to improve the looks of businesses and spiff up a bit for the new interstate coming in,” he said. “We will meet in group and individual settings to try and organize ourselves.”
Mayor Phil Malone, Sawyer, Mathis and Sam Agnew with the Main Street program met last week to discuss how to begin. Charettes are set for late August. Mathis said a walk through downtown is planned to get ideas before meeting with Main Street planners.
“It brings in some new ideas and new blood from outside,” he said. “No idea is too small; no issue is unimportant. In order for this to have the desired effect, we need everyone’s participation.”
Mathis suggests that anyone who wants to be sure they are included might want to call him at 901-483-5368 to be sure he stops by their home or business.
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