City loses supervisors conference bid, vote

Published 12:11am Saturday, June 22, 2013

NATCHEZ They went, they wooed, but they didn’t win.

When the Adams County Board of Supervisors went to the Mississippi Association of Supervisors conference in Biloxi this week, they went with the mission of recruiting the MAS summer conference to Natchez in 2016 for the city’s tricentennial celebration.

Prior to the conference, the board mailed out postcards to every supervisor in Mississippi, and while there actively lobbied for the cause.

The Natchez Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s Director of Sales Lynsey Smith also went to the convention and made a presentation on Natchez.

When the votes were counted, however, Natchez came in second place to Biloxi.

Supervisor Calvin Butler said Adams County officials asked for a runoff because they believed the other delegation would have voted with them in a runoff, but MAS officials did not grant the request.

“Lynsey did a great job with the presentation; we just came up a little short,” Butler said.

The supervisor said it’s possible Adams County will still be able to recruit the association to Natchez for its fall 2016 conference.