Tupelo, Trace pledge partnership

TUPELO – The new heads of two of Northeast Mississippi’s largest governmental entities vowed cooperation Monday during a ceremonial exchange of gifts.
Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed Jr. presented a key to the city to the Cameron Sholly, the superintendent of the Natchez Trace Parkway. In turn, Sholly gave Reed an engraved plaque bearing the emblem of the 444-mile national park.
Both men began their current jobs in July. Reed previously ran his family’s iconic department store, Reed’s, while Sholly served as the deputy associate director and chief of staff for the Park Service Visitor and Resource Protection Program in Washington, D.C.
The two met at the parkway’s Visitor Center, where they pledged partnership between themselves and their staffs.
“I look forward to working with Superintendent Sholly to collaborate on ways to utilize the Trace to make Tupelo Mississippi’s healthiest city,” Reed said. “I share his vision for turning the parkway’s primary focus toward interpretation and environmental leadership.”
Sholly had announced last month he intended to increase outreach and education efforts to better showcase the parkway’s natural and historical resources, as well as beef up safety of its travelers.
This week, Sholly said he valued Reed’s leadership and anticipated numerous meetings where the two will coordinate their efforts for the good of the city and the parkway.
Already, the superintendent and mayor have collaborated on a city road project that will cross the parkway – the northern loop. And both said they’ll discuss bicycle and pedestrian paths in the future.
“I’m proud to be partners with the city,” Sholly said. “Tupelo is very lucky and very fortunate to have a mayor that understands relationship building and partnership building.”
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