The purpose of the visit was to discuss renaissance and revenue for the Bolivar County Expo Center in Cleveland and to get an update on the progress of the market analysis for Bolivar County.
"There are a lot of expo centers in Mississippi that are struggling to find revenue. We are working very hard to find solutions for the expo center in Bolivar County. We are very excited about this project and we were honored that the supervisors came to us for assistance," said Director of Tourism and Natural Resource for the Stennis Institute Rachael Carter
This has been an ongoing project for the county to aid in the growth and production of revenue by utilizing resources that are already within the county.
"We had the opportunity to meet with the Stennis Institute and listen to various suggestions and venues that could improve the economic well-being of the county. "The institute also introduced results from preference consumer surveys that they conducted on focus groups within the county to help us understand the needs of the citizens and to try to meet their demands," said County Administrator Will Hooker.
The institute is often called on to provide technical assistance and consultation to local governments and community leaders regarding economic and community development matters.
"One of the greatest aspects about our partnership with Stennis is the fact that the institute helps us to make sound decisions. They provide us with factual information, which in turn aids us in the decision making process," added Hooker.
According to Carter, the institute's primary focus is the Expo Center.
It is the prototype for the institute's marketing study and it hopes that one day, it will be able to share information that has been gathered from this project with other communities.
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.
According to Hooker, facilitators will continue to frequently visit the community to ensure that they aid the supervisors in improving the lives of the citizens in Bolivar County.
"I think that it is a wonderful county that has a lot of potential for growth and economic development," added Carter.