Tourism group seeks input

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – A regional tourism group will host two meetings next week to get input about the direction of the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area.
The heritage area is federally designated and is governed by the National Park Service. The Mississippi Hills Heritage Area Alliance, which is based in Tupelo, is responsible for coming up with a management plan for the area.
“These meetings are part of a broader process for developing the plan, which will guide the management of the heritage area over the next ten years,” said Kristy White, executive director of the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and president of the Mississippi Hills Heritage Area Alliance.
The first meeting is in Tupelo on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until noon at the Renasant Center for IDEAs. The second meeting is Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon in Columbus at the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority headquarters.
Two previous meetings were held in June in Oxford and Starkville.
The meetings are open to the public and stakeholders in the region’s tourism industry are encouraged to attend.
The meetings, according to a press release, will introduce participants to the project and solicit public input on various issues, including potential impacts of the heritage area on existing cultural and natural resources.
The Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area was designated by Congress and the president in April 2009. The rough borders of the area are the Tennessee and Alabama state lines to the north and east, Interstate 55 to the west and Highway 14 to the south.
carlie.kollath@journalinc.com

Want to Go?
THE MISSISSIPPI HILLS Heritage Area Alliance will have to public meetings next week to gather input:
– Tuesday 10 a.m. to noon at Renasant Center for IDEAs in Tupelo
– Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon at Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority headquarters in Columbus For more information, contact project coordinator Kent Bain at kentbain@mshills.org or (662) 844-1276.