By Carlie Kollath Wells/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The city of Tupelo hopes to lure more of its graduates home.
The formal recruiting starts Thursday at Flight, a restaurant in downtown Memphis. The Community Development Foundation is hosting the free event as the kickoff to its Tupelo Ties organization.
Tupelo Ties was started to attract, retain and develop the talent needed to support a vibrant Lee County, according to its Facebook page.
“It’s easier to recruit somebody to this area who already has a tie to Tupelo,” said Jennie Bradford Curlee of CDF.
For example, a targeted person would be someone who graduated from Tupelo High School and a local college and then moved to Memphis, Birmingham or Atlanta.
“We’re trying to show them that we have got the jobs, and it’s a great quality of life,” Curlee said.
Thursday’s event is from 5 to 7 p.m. and will have free food, drinks and valet parking. Plus, CDF will have free blueberry doughnuts from Connie’s.
“We wanted to give them a little piece of home,” Curlee said.
The gathering is open to members of the Tupelo Young Professionals group and former Tupelo and Lee County residents living in the Memphis area.
Several employers will be at the event to discuss living and working in Tupelo, including BancorpSouth, Circadence, Community Bank, Express Employment Professionals, Cooper Tire, Renasant Bank and Toyota.
The goal is to plant the seed of moving back to Tupelo, Curlee said. CDF plans to have another event in Birmingham in the spring.
Curlee said talent recruitment is part of CDF’s 10-year plan. She said Lee County doesn’t have a shortage of talented workers, “but we’re trying to get more quality workers back to the area.”
“We have so many (job) opportunities,” she said.
To register for the event, go to CDFMS.org/tupeloties