Creative economy topic at Mississippi Hills Alliance meeting Tuesday

The Mississippi Hills Heritage Area Alliance (MHHAA) will hold its quarterly board of directors meeting on Tuesday in Tupelo at the Mississippi Hills Exhibit Center inside the Renasant Center for IDEAs. The meeting begins at 10:30 am and is open to the public. ms_hills_logo

Natchez Trace Parkway Superintendent Mary Risser will meet with the group for the first time since assuming her duties earlier this year as head of the 444-mile Federal route.

In conjunction with the board meeting, a professional development session will be held from 1-3 p.m. in the Exhibit Center and will center around the state’s “Creative Economy” as well as creating new community and regional partnerships. The session is also open to the public, especially those interested in historic preservation, community development, regional tourism and Mississippi Hills culture and heritage.

Panelists for the session include Alan Henderson, Program Manager for the state’s “Creative Economy” initiative; Sarah Pittman, Project Manager for the Mississippi State University Extension Center for Technology Outreach; Ted Ownby, Director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at Ole Miss and Mickey Howley, Director of the Water Valley Main Street program.

MHHAA president Kim Terrell, executive director of the Desoto County CVB, said “We are delighted to have Superintendent Risser speak to our board and look forward to our development session also.  Our panel is an outstanding group of professionals who have done many innovative things for their respective organizations and know we will gain a great deal from their experience and expertise.”

The Alliance is charged with the responsibility of managing the Hills National Heritage Area (NHA) which includes all or parts of 30 counties in the Northern part of the state. The Hills NHA is one of 49 such areas which have been approved by Congress.

For additional information about Mississippi Hills contact Kent Bain at 662-844-1276 or by email at

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