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December 1, 2008

Walnut Grove - making things happen

We heard today from Brian about improvements in Walnut Grove. In the last few months they have added a covered stage in the park near the library; re-striped the streets in the downtown area; improved landscaping around the library and re-roofed the library; two new businesses have opened; one has expanded; three buildings have been painted and/or renovated; trees have been planted downtown; a bike rack added to the library parking; a restuarant was remodeled and reopened downtown; and jobs added to the community.

This is an example of what communities can do when they have a CAN DO spirit.

Thanks for the news Brian.

December 5, 2008

News from Magee

Mayor Jimmy Clyde sent a note this week with some good news about things happening in his town. He said they have two new businesses on main street. They have had some meetings with the highway commissioner and others to discuss the main corridor into downtown and the signage issues that will help direct people to main street. The are working on updating the web page. They recently had a ground breaking for a new commerce park and Magee was recently featured in the Clarion Ledger's "seven cities in seven days".

Thanks Mayor for the update.


Brandon - First Impressions

Last night I was in Brandon for a first impressions presentation. Although the crowd at city hall was small, the conversation was spirited. If you haven't seen the new municipal complex in Brandon, it is worth the time to stop by and visit. This is a first class building and home to an active senior citizen community center. You should also take a look at the really nice park and playground equipment behind the library on Highway 80.

Thanks for the hospitality last night.

Cleveland -- First Impressions

On Tuesday I made a first impressions presentation for the Cleveland chamber board of directors and some other community folks. There were probably 40-50 people there and the fried chicken was excellent. Cleveland has done a really nice job downtown. If you are traveling along Highway 61 through Cleveland, don't be mislead about the town based on the typical nature of the cluttered commercial areas along the highway. At the intersection of Highway 6, turn west and travel about 4 blocks and you'll be delighfully surprised by the attractive downtown, the beautiful crosstie park, and great shopping.

Take time to wonder along the walking trail that has replaced the old train tracks. Visit the old depot and the newly opened train museum. And, don't forget to see Delta State University.

Keep up the great work Cleveland, but do something about all the sign clutter.

December 19, 2008

Campus Christmas Reception

As a way for MSCAT to thank the many departments and individuals on the MSU campus for their help and support in 2008, we hosted a Christmas Reception yesterday in our office. Jan Culver did an awesome job decorating the office and the food she made was wonderful. Thank you Jan.

The time and support that we receive from many individuals on campus are essential elements in our ability to successfully carry out our mission of helping communities throughout the state.

Thanks to all and we look forward to another great year.

About December 2008

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