Conferences and Trainings Archives

March 9, 2009

From First Impressions to Lasting Impressions Seminar

Thanks to everyone from communities throughout the state who participated in last week's seminar. Teams of folks learned about basic principles of design, explored possibilities to consider in their communities, learned ways to increase volunteer participation in community projects and participated in activities designed to help bring ideas to reality.

We also appreciate David Preziosi from Mississippi Heritage Trust, Amber Murphree with Columbus Main Street (representing Mississippi Main Street Association) and Sonny Thomas with Mississippi Development Authority for briefing attendees on the services of their respective organizations.

It's our goal that participants will take this knowlege and apply it to improvement projects that will enhance their community development efforts. What good is knowledge if it isn't shared, applied and used?

We can't simply wait for good things to happen. Community improvement happens with a vision that is guided through careful planning and implementation that must be enforced by appropriate policies.

Communities that have a "can do" spirit and then choose to leverage external resources through public/private partnerships position themselves to achieve results that everyone can be proud of.

We thank you for your time and commitment to the betterment of your communities.

August 17, 2009

Rural Tourism as Economic Development

It was a pleasure to attend the Miss-Lou Rural Tourism Summit last week in Marksville, LA. This annual summit rotates between Mississippi and Louisiana. It began a few years ago as an endeavor by the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Louisiana State University AgCenter to help educate rural communities on the idea that tourism is a viable economic development strategy for areas of southwest Missisisppi and east central Louisiana that have tremendous recreational tourism and ecotourism resources.

This region is rich in hunting, fishing and birdwatching opportunities and agritourism-related enterprises. Many of these communities are isolated and opportunities to diversify their economic base is important. Learning and sharing from each other is important too.

Communities must always look for creative ways to capitalize on their assets and work together. I applaud this two-state region for agreeing to work collectively on improving its ability to cash in on rural tourism. To learn more about this summit, visit

September 29, 2009

Making Meetings Meaningful for MS Municipal Clerks

I really enjoyed last week's opportunity to provide a workshop for the master certification program managed by MSU's Center for Governmental Training and Technology. About 35 municipal clerks participated in the workshop at Lake Tiak O'khata. I must say that municipalities should show appreciation to their clerks every day. They know the nuts and bolts of city business and keep our towns and cities running as smoothly as possible!

Do you ever get tired of "meeting for the sake of meeting?" Too many times, groups tend to think that having a meeting is the answer to everything; however, misunderstanding and lack of accomplishment are two major pitfalls that tend to turn folks away from joining committees and attending meetings altogether.

Correctly designed meetings with properly prepared agendas, logistics, and even ground rules and faciliators can help make meetings run a lot more efficiently. Using techniques such as the slip and poll methods along with negotiated consensus can really help achieve meeting objectives.

I aplaud the clerks for the active participation and discussion and look forward to future opportunities to interact with this fun group.

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