Fundraising effort to market Concordia progresses


VIDALIA, La. (AP) — Fundraising efforts have been launched for two economic development and marketing campaigns for Concordia Parish and for the area known as the Miss-Lou.

Heather Malone, the executive director of the Concordia Parish Economic and Industrial District, has told commissioners that the first phase of collecting almost $11,000 from municipalities in Concordia Parish is nearly complete. The next step will be raising matching amounts from private businesses.

The Natchez Democrat reports ( ) that $5,000 then will be reserved for a joint marketing campaign with the Miss-Lou Regionalism Steering Committee, which includes representatives from Natchez and Adams County in Mississippi and Louisiana's Concordia Parish, Ferriday and Vidalia.

Concordia governing boards voted to donate amounts based on population, with Vidalia voting to put up $5,161; the Concordia Parish Police Jury, $5,000; Ridgecrest, $833. The Town of Clayton hasn't confirmed an exact amount they will contribute and the Town of Ferriday voted not to give money to the project, Malone said.

"We wanted to wait until we got the money from the public entities before going to private business asking them to match a number we didn't have," Malone said. "We're hoping it won't be a hard sellfor the private businesses with the amount we're asking for."


Information from: Natchez Democrat,

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