87th annual Mississippi Municipal league

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It’s a meeting of the minds with city leaders throughout Mississippi banding together to share ideas and pick new ones to help benefit the cities they represent.

That’s what the Mississippi Municipal League is all about. Today marks day two of their 87th annual conference at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi.

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Topping the agenda for Mississippi leaders attending this year’s Municipal League Conference were ways to improve the cities they serve and connecting with those who can help, like Downtown Mississippi INC. President David Biagni.  He’s spent the last 37 years developing downtown areas in New Jersey and now he’s helping Mississippi city leaders pave the way to prosperity in their cities. “Every municipality in Mississippi can consider to revitalize their downtown. It empowers the business property owners to improve their downtown with their own money in partnership with the municipality.”

Moss Point Mayor Mario King said, “I really want to get some more information to talk to our business owners about it. It goes along with our Main Street Program that we’re trying to implement, and get the ball rolling on it.”

This year’s theme is “Hometown Heroes,” and with more than 3,000 people attending this year’s conference, they are bringing a lot of new ideas to the table that can be used throughout our state. President of Gulf Coast Business Council Ashley Edwards said, “Today they are announcing the launch of the Skills Foundation which is a new initiative in Mississippi designed to connect workers with the in-demand, highly skilled jobs.”

This new foundation is demand-driven, providing skills and work force training that’s a custom fit for state industries such as Ingalls or the Nissan Plant, a life line for not only the local and state economy, but also the workers who depend on these higher paying jobs to make ends meet.  Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs said, “Everybody runs to college to go into education in other fields, but manufacturing jobs, skill jobs are the ones that pay the most in this industrial society.”

The conference wraps on Thursday.