Corinth leaders ask volunteers for revenue help

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Corinth officials are making it clear to volunteer members of city and city-county boards that they are interested in how the groups can help invigorate the local economy.
As the mayor and aldermen met this week with board members of the Corinth-Alcorn County Airport and Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, they asked each group how it could produce more revenue.
The airport’s 6,500-foot runway and advanced weather monitoring and other systems put it far ahead of other airports of similar size, said board member Waco Epperson.
The airport can accommodate many of the small jets and aircraft used by businesses and industry site selection companies, he said.
A good source of revenue for the airport, said board member Lynn Lamb, would be offering flight instruction, but there’s no indication that Corinth has the market to support it.
Plans are under way to install self-service fueling for general aircraft that fly into the airport, which will generate additional income, and other attractions are being explored such as fly-ins, balloon races and air shows.
No operations funds could be used to support any of these entertainment events, said business manager Donna Griggs, so the challenge – a huge one – would be attracting sponsors to support the event.
One issue from a tourism perspective that surfaces repeatedly is the absence of liquor sales in the city.
It is not an issue that is going away, said Judge John Ross, who is a member of the CVB board, but said he was speaking as an individual.
However, CVB board members Ricky Marcele, who manages the Hampton Inn, and Luke Doehner, owner of The General’s Quarters, said they have lost a significant amount of business because Corinth does not offer legal liquor sales.
Since Corinth’s 2 percent tourism tax is divided between the CVB and the Crossroads Arena, aldermen asked how the CVB board could help the arena with producing major events.
While the CVB was supporting arena events regularly by funding some of its advertising, board President Chris Porterfield noted that they had not received a request for support since the arena manager’s position was vacated about 18 months ago.

Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@journalinc.com.