Municipal leaders gather in Jackson

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – City halls throughout the state will be quieter this week as municipal leaders flock to Jackson for the Mississippi Municipal League’s Mid-Winter Legislative Conference.
The event begins at noon today with a series of workshops, meetings and receptions that will last through Thursday.
About 500 officials representing 134 cities and towns across the state will attend, said MML spokeswoman Shari Veazey.
“The whole emphasis of the conference is to get them to the capital to meet with legislators and network with them,” Veazey said. “We want to promote the MML side of the agenda.”
Most of the workshops will take place at the Jackson Hilton, but a trip to the Capitol is scheduled for Wednesday morning. And Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant also is on the program.
Among those scheduled to attend the conference are most members of the Tupelo City Council. Council President Fred Pitts said the events present an opportunity to learn.
“It’s just like any other profession, it’s a continuing education process,” Pitts said. “It’s also a good chance to get to know other municipal leaders.”
Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed Jr. will not attend because of scheduling conflicts, said city spokeswoman Annabeth Freeman Wyatt.
Reed will be co-hosting the World Presidents’ Organization Meeting in New Orleans this week along with Gulfport Mayor George Schloegel.

Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.