Supervisors to attend institute to improve Expo
by Paisley Boston
Sep 10, 2013 | 1452 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Several members of the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors will travel to Mississippi State University on Sept. 24 -26 to attend the Feasibility Study for the Bolivar County Expo Center at the Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development.

The purpose of this visit is to discuss renaissance and revenue for the Expo Center.

The Institute is often called on to provide technical assistance and consultation to local governments and community leaders regarding economic and community development matters.

Foundations look to Stennis for quality Research and Study of public policy issues.

The institute has on staff trained facilitators who can lead community groups through discursive discourse on topics ranging from of local issues of genuine public conflict, to land use planning initiatives, to community capacity building, to more ethereal discussions about confidence in government, electing or appointing judges, amendments in ethics legislation and the like.

"This is just phase 1 of the Feasibility Study. The purpose of this study is to seek various means to help the Expo Center as far as improvements in the facility. The Stennis Institute is doing a market analysis of Bolivar County and with the resources that we already have. We are going to invest in the resources that we already have," said County Administrator Will Hooker.

In April, Hooker announced that the county received a 70/30 grant of $70,000 to offset the expense of the study and that County Engineer Bob Eley is working closely with the project.

"The Institute will help us to study outcomes and projections for current and future investments for the Bolivar County Expo Center. We want to find feasible ways to produce revenue for the county by improving the Expo Center," added Hooker.