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Decatur's Downtown Is Coming Along

The First Impressions team that visited Decatur recently was pleasantly surprised at the activity going on downtown in this small community in Newton County. Several business owners are working hard to provide attractive storefronts with container plants and fresh coats of paint. Buildings renovated recently also provide living quarters downtown that are very convenient to East Central Community College.

ECCC is certainly a tremendous asset to the community as is the Turkey Creek Water Park located only minutes away. The schools are also real assets, as they are fairly new buildings that are attractively landscaped. As is is the case in many rural Mississippi towns, the limited tax base provides challenges to local government leaders.

At the presentation last week, a group of approx. 30 community leaders and volunteers were anxious to keep working towards improving their town. I applaud their dedicated service and vision to engage others as they keep moving forward. I would encourage Decatur to continue with beautification efforts downtown and along the major corridors, continue working on renovating downtown businesses, and explore land use planning as it look towards the future.

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