Randy Burchfield, the marketing director and senior vice president at BancorpSouth, is the new board president of the Mississippi Main Street Association. Burchfield has a long history of involvement with the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association. In his new role, he will work with MMSA’s executive director and staff to develop a new five-year strategic plan.
He answered these questions last week from business reporter Carlie Kollath.
Q: What are the biggest challenges for Mississippi Main Street programs and communities?
A:Finding and maintaining consistent, adequate sources of funding for our programs, along with our managers dealing with limited staff support and related resources, especially in this current economic downturn. Also, I believe we can do a better job of educating the public about our scope of work and what we are accomplishing through our Main Street programs.
Q:What would be in your ideal Main Street community?
A:One with a downtown area that reflects the culture and identity of their respective community; one that helps nurture and support its downtown businesses, providing jobs and business opportunities, while at the same time offering entertainment, shopping and culture-enriching opportunities to residents and visitors alike; a program that promotes historic rehabilitation of buildings, provides downtown living opportunities and environment-friendly spaces – all a boom for our environment, economy and quality of life.
Q:More Main Street communities are proposing bike-friendly options. Do you own or ride a bicycle?
A:I own not one but two bikes and have every intention of getting them down from the carport rack and riding them, especially after making this promise public and with our new bike-friendly ordinance.
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