TUPELO – At the annual membership meeting of the Community Development Foundation on Thursday, Dr. David Irwin was introduced as chairman, the first physician to fill the post in the organization’s 62-year history.
And the founding partner of Cardiology Associates of North Mississippi said it was time for some new faces and new ideas to get the 1,300-member organization better connected to Tupelo and Lee County.
So along with 10 new elected board members, Irwin also appointed 12 directors who will serve one-year terms.
Noting the storms that devastated the area last week, Irwin said the issues and concerns Tupelo and Lee County face are small in comparison.
“We are concerned about our town, but we still have a town,” he said. “We are concerned about our schools, but we still have our schools. We are concerned about our people, but we still have our people. We have work to do for sure … but our ‘starting point’ is not that bad. We are not starting from a point of total destruction. We did that 75 years ago.”
Irwin encouraged everyone to work together to expand industry, develop a competitive housing market in Tupelo and to “regain the academic reputation the schools have been known for.”
He also said downtown should continue to be promoted as a destination.
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