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The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association held its annual meeting this morning, recognizing the achievements of the organization during the past year and those who contributed to those efforts.
Award winners this year:
- Best Special Event: All American Picnic in the Park- 4th of July Celebration
- Best Downtown Public Improvement: BancorpSouth Arena
- Best Business Promotion: Caron Gallery’s Art Openings and Artist Demonstrations
- Best of Design: Reed’s and Jessica Black
- Elvis Festival “Can to Can’t”: Carr Sams & Rachel Etheridge
- Volunteer of the Year: Tammy Rodgers
- Board Member of the Year: Blair Hughes
- Entrepreneur of the Year: Jason and Amanda Hayden, owners of Café 212
- Special Service Award: Jan Miller
Other items of note: Since 1991, more than $142 million has been invested in downtown Tupelo ($45 million public, $97 million private). For this year to date, more than $1.8 million has been invested.
And, in comments at the meeting, Mayor Jason Shelton said the Oleput festival may make a return next year. Talks are strictly preliminary, and nothing is definite. Dates and sponsorships have to be considered, among other things. We’ll have to see where it goes.
Then you may be eligible for up to a $15,000 grant from the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Here’s what the CVB has to say about its program:
The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau is happy to announce its matching grant program for event promotion for FY ‘14. The program’s goal is to fund the promotion of special events and festivals that attract visitors to Tupelo.
The program calls for letters of request for marketing funds to be submitted by November 4, 2013 for events that fall within the CVB’s fiscal year 2014 that runs from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014. A 30% match is required to request funding from the CVB and the CVB’s contribution is capped at $15,000.
Selection criteria published by the CVB focuses on scoring requests using five elements:
1. Commitment to tourism in Tupelo;
2. Regional promotion;
3. Soundness of proposed project;
4. Stability and management capacity; and
5. Quality and uniqueness of proposed project.
From the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau comes this cool new:
“Tupelo is the cradle of rock ‘n roll, where Elvis was born and influenced by gospel music and the blues,” said Neal McCoy, Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director. “He became the international superstar that he was, and still is today, as a result of his humble upbringing in Tupelo, Mississippi. You can’t really know Elvis until you understand where he came from.”
The Elvis Presley Birthplace features an array of exhibits detailing the King of Rock ‘N Roll’s first thirteen years. From the original shotgun shack where he was born, to the childhood church where Elvis first heard gospel music, a visit to the Birthplace both offers visitors a glimpse into a simpler time and puts the extravagance of Graceland into greater perspective.
“Visitors from around the world flock to the Elvis Presley Birthplace each year to see where it all began,” said Dick Guyton, Executive Director of the Elvis Presley Birthplace. “We offer visitors the authentic experience of how life was for Elvis during the thirteen years that he lived in Tupelo.”
Rolling Stone’s list, that includes other Elvis sites like Graceland and Sun Studio, features a litany of significant locations in the history of America’s music. To see the entire list of America’s Rock ‘N Roll Landmarks, visit http://www.rollingstone.com/music/landmarks. For more information on the Elvis Presley Birthplace, visit www.elvispresleybirthplace.com.
Congratulations to Neal McCoy , the executive director of the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau!
Today, McCoy was named 2013 Mississippi Tourism Association Member of the Year at the 2013 Mississippi Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Tunica.
He is the current chairman of the MTA Legislative Committee, as well as a past president of the organization. The Member of the Year Award is presented each year to an outstanding member who has gone above and beyond for the Mississippi Tourism Association and Mississippi’s tourism industry.
The Tupelo CVB also received a Research-In-Action award during the conference.
The Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau announced today that Kylie Boring will join its team as Director of Marketing. Boring will officially begin work with the bureau Sept. 16.
“We are excited to add Kylie’s extensive marketing background to our talented staff, and look forward to utilizing the unique skill set that she brings to the Director of Marketing position,” said Neal McCoy, Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director.
Boring comes to the TCVB from Journal Inc., where she served as National Accounts Sales Representative, managing key national and local accounts in Tupelo and Lee County. She previously worked at Philips Day-Brite as Associate Product Manager, and as Marketing Manager for XtraLight Manufacturing, a Houston, TX-based company. A native of Jackson, Boring graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and has lived in Tupelo since 1999 with her husband, Chris, and son, Van Michael.
“I am very excited to join the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau team to help promote and build greater brand awareness for the City of Tupelo,” said Boring. “My goal is to ensure that Tupelo is viewed as a destination for all travelers, and I am eager to contribute to the CVB’s mission to entice visitors to come to Tupelo and explore all that our great city has to offer.”
Joey Chestnut, the seven-time Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, will be competing in Saturday’s World Slugburger Eating contest in Corinth.
Chestnut last week ate a record 69 hot dogs to win his record seventh crown.
Chestnut also is ranked the No. 1
Matt Stonie, who finished second to Chestnut with 51 hot dogs, happens to the the world slugburger record holder with 30 of them in 10 minutes.
The World Slugburger Eating contest is part of the Major League Eating circuit for the second year.
The winner gets $1,500.
Saturday’s contest is at 4:30 p.m. at the Crossroads Museum.
Disney has raised prices again on its theme parks in Florida and California.. Prices went up Sunday.
A single-day ticket to Disneyland for visitors 10 or older went up from $87 to $92. Three years ago, the price was $72. It’s the fourth-straight year of increases. At Disney World, tickets went up $6 to the Magic Kingdom, with single-day tickets now $95. TIckets to Epcot, Animal Kingdom or Disney Hollywood went up only $1 to $90.
The price of a ticket for a child 3-9 in California went up from $81 to $86. In Florida, the prices went from $83 to $89 (for the Magic Kingdom) and from $83 to $84 for the other parks.
And the Disney Premier Passport, which allows unlimited admission to both parks in California and Florida went up from $849 to $979.
Universal Studios in Orlando recently raised its single-day ticket price from $89 to $92, the first theme park to cross the $90 threshold.