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Hernando’s Johnson among new Main Street Association board members

Photo: Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson (Courtesy photo)

Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson has been named a new board member for the Mississippi Main Street Association, or MMSA.  The announcement by the association came as part of information naming a new executive committee, two at-large board members, and a directors’ representative named to lead the efforts of the statewide community and economic development organization for 2023-2024.

Johnson was one of two new at-large board members selected. The other is Jean Blunden, communications and public relations director for Staplcotn in Greenwood.  

Marlo Dorsey of Hattiesburg has been elected to serve as MMSA board president for 2023-2024.

“Mississippi Main Street has been a driving force in the economic recovery and future vitality of our state coming out of the pandemic, and I am thrilled to work alongside the many leaders, directors, and communities who champion our small businesses and our downtowns’ quality of place,” said Dorsey. “We all have an incredible opportunity before us to write the next chapter of our state’s history by being a part of meaningful growth and revitalization that will bring lasting value to our communities.” 

Dorsey is the Executive Director of Visit Hattiesburg. She also serves on the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association executive committee, serving on both the design and economic vitality committees. In addition to board president, Dorsey serves as the advocacy chair for MMSA. 

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