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Howley To Speak At Conference On Rural Tourism

By Allyson Coleman

The iPad/iPhone class was a huge success! I would like to give a special thanks to Jamie Varner from the Center of Technology Outreach for instructing participants on how to use our iPhones and iPads. The amount of information given at this class was astounding.  While I consider myself to be pretty technologically savvy, I have to say that I believe I learned just as much about my iPhone as everyone else did!  If you are interested in more technology trainings in the future, please contact me at the local Extension Office.  I am always happy when the community tells me what they would like to learn about!
Are you interested in learning more about rural tourism, and how it can help our local economies?  
In the next few weeks I will be attending a conference in Greenwood on just that – rural tourism. The Mississippi-Alabama Rural Tourism Conference is a collaborative effort focused on assisting smaller communities in bolstering tourism. Dynamic speakers will present innovative ideas and relevant information that attendees will find useful in facing the unique challenges of promoting rural tourism with limited budgets.
This annual conference is hosted alternately between Mississippi and Alabama, however anyone associated with or interested in the rural tourism industry is invited to attend.  Attendees will get the special honor of taking a tour of where the movie “The Help” was filmed, along with tours of the renowned Alluvian Hotel.
We even have one of our very own participating in the conference, Mickey Howley. He will be giving a speech on rebuilding a community – the Water Valley story.
So come on out to Greenwood and join me for a few days to learn all about rural tourism and how it can help our community.  If you are interested in this conference and would like more information, please visit or call me at 662-675-2730.

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