Supervisors hosting state conference

Published 12:45 am Saturday, October 18, 2014

NATCHEZ Next week, the heart of Mississippi’s local governments will be in Adams County.

Between 300 and 400 county supervisors from around the state will be in town Monday through Wednesday for the Mississippi Association of Supervisors fall conference.

During the conference, those who attend will be briefed about legislative issues that will be discussed in next year’s session and will have the chance to take educational sessions related to county government

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Supervisor Calvin Butler said Adams County’s hosting of the conference is a result of the effort the board made two years ago to recruit the association’s summer conference for the city’s tricentennial in 2016.

“They didn’t give us the conference for 2016, but they did promise they would come in for our fall event,” he said.

During the conference, Supervisor Darryl Grennell will lead a tour of the Natchez-Adams County Port, while Supervisor David Carter will show a group the county’s agricultural offerings, Carter said.

Supervisor Mike Lazarus said the conference was a good idea because it was an opportunity to show off the area.

“There are a lot of great things happening out there, and I think a lot of counties will be envious of what we have here in Adams County,” he said.

And while the Adams County board will be doing its best to showcase the community,

Butler said the conference will be an opportunity for them to learn as well.

“Other supervisors can come in and look at what we are doing, they can share what they are doing in their communities with respect to things like recreation and industrial prospects, and maybe enlighten us about what is working for them and what is not working for them,” he said. “We can take that knowledge and help inform our future.”