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Chamber Partnership hosts community event planning meeting

In an attempt to grow and unify our community, the Jefferson Davis County Chamber Partnership hosted a Community Event Planning Meeting  Tuesday, July 1.

A group of community leaders met with the objective to promote Jefferson Davis County and its assets in a positive light as to attract visitors and businesses.

“This was basically a brainstorming session and the beginning of a plan,” said Mary Curtis, Chamber Partnership President.

Other objectives were to develop a tool for showcasing the widespread diversity and list of activities that occur in Jefferson Davis County and to acquaint the community members with the recommendations made by the Mississippi Development Authority.

Goals for the meeting were:

1. To determine the appropriate communication tool to be used by all community based organizations for cross reference when scheduling community events.

2. To determine who would be the keeper of the even scheduler and how it is to be communicated to the citizens of our county as well as visitors who might come to these events.

3. To review the asset mapping tool that was develop by the Mississippi Development Authority,  and propose an action plan for moving forward on these recommendations.

During the meeting, former Rep. Ronnie Shows stopped in to introduce  Travis Childers, senatorial democratic candidate.

The group took this as an opportunity to ask for input.

Rev. Jessie Holloway posed the first question to Childers, “Regarding the people and jobs here, what can we do to lobby and find out how we can do something in our community?”

Childers responded, “Let me say this, I’m pretty impressed right here this morning. Number one, you stick together.  It should be the city and county together —that’s a start.  Period.”

The group has a follow-up meeting scheduled and hopes to have a plan in place in the coming weeks.

“We would like to plan functions in the future not necessarily to make money but to bring the community together.  That is our number one intention, said Ben Hamby Chamber Partnership Director.

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight—Representatives from several organizations and community leaders held their first meeting Tuesday at the Jefferson Davis County Chamber Partnership to get a plan in place to promote the assets of our community.

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight—Representatives from several organizations and community leaders held their first meeting Tuesday at the Jefferson Davis County Chamber Partnership to get a plan in place to promote the assets of our community.