New Corinth tourism board begins work

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – At only its second meeting, the reconstituted board of directors of the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau/tourism council got to work on several looming issues.
With help from former CVB Communications Director Anne Thompson, who has been hired as an interim administrator until a new executive director is in place, the board will begin reviewing year-to-date expenditures for the fiscal year thus far, which began Oct. 1, 2012.
“Salaries have already used up a third of the year’s budget for that line item and we’ve only gone through a fourth of the year,” said board president Luke Doehner. “We’ve already lost most employees so that will fall back in line.”
A budget committee of three – Thompson, Sandy Mitchell and Laura Albright – will examine the budget to see where some contract obligations might be canceled and others scaled back.
Corinth aldermen and Alcorn County supervisors, who approve budgets funded by the 2 percent tourism tax – the Crossroads Arena and the CVB – approved a line item budget for the CVB in September. All former members of the CVB board were removed earlier this month after they had not complied with line item allocations in the budget.
Doehner emphasized to new board members at last week’s first meeting that any variations from that budget must be approved in advance by both the city and county.
The board also approved having Thompson and board member Danny Timmons develop an ad for a new executive director that would run on two Sundays and two Wednesdays in the Daily Corinthian, Daily Journal, Oxford Eagle and Clarion Ledger newspapers.
Board members Billy Taylor, Doehner, Russell Smith and Timmons will review any applications and resumes received and narrow the number of candidates for consideration by the full board.
Two board members – Albright and Pauline Sorrell – also will represent the CVB at two trade shows within the coming month for which registrations have already been submitted and paid for. Those conferences represent regional tourist recruitment efforts, and Thompson said they have been productive in drawing visitors to Corinth in the past.
The board’s next regular meeting is 8 a.m. Feb. 19 at the tourism office.
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com