Keep Cleveland Beautiful underway
by Courtney Warren
Jan 24, 2014 | 1859 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Keep Cleveland Beautiful, a group under the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce will hold a kickoff with Keep Mississippi Beautiful in April and volunteers will cleanup and revamp specific areas in the city.

Lisa Cooley, Team Cleveland-Main Street director, is now the Keep Mississippi Beautiful affiliate director and met with Sarah Kountouris, executive director of Keep Mississippi Beautiful, Paige Holliman, assistant director, and Jeannine May, affiliate for Keep the Rez Beautiful, on Wednesday to discuss the details of the kickoff.

Cooley served as the Main Street coordinator in Natchitoches, La. and director of Keep Natchitoches Beautiful before moving to Cleveland with her husband Todd Cooley last year.

"When we have a cleanup we try to hit every aspect of that community and after the kickoff you want to make sure it lasts," said Holliman.

"We are able to pick one location as our state kickoff and I think that it's a great idea to do it in the Delta," said Kountouris.

Some of the goals Cooley has for Cleveland are to cleanup "Virgin Lane" behind the businesses on Sharpe Street, to enhance the Greenstrip downtown, and develop a strategy for beautification of other areas of town for Keep Cleveland Beautiful to pursue.

Cooley said she looks forward to what Keep Cleveland Beautiful will be able to do for the community.

"I’m so excited about the community cleanup. Cleveland is already an attractive place but we should never get complacent. We should always look for ways to improve. The downtown cleanup project will be the first of many- we hope it sets the tone for the work Keep Cleveland Beautiful will do.

"In addition to improving the appearance of the alley, we want to promote the historical significance of the alley. As we approach the opening of the Grammy Museum, we need to really think about things that visitors can do while in Cleveland. The more tours, public art, and historical information we can provide, the longer we will have their attention.

"We want tourists to come to Cleveland for the Grammy Museum and stay and spend time and money here in Cleveland. Cleveland is more than a one-stop shop and we want to really focus on developing an inventory for travelers to access," said Cooley.

The kickoff is tentatively schedule for April 4 at 8 a.m. For more information or to volunteer contact Cooley at 662-843-2712.