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Barfield Elected Vice President of Mississippi Main Street Association



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JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) elected a new executive committee, two at-large board members, and a directors’ representative to lead its efforts for 2024-2025.

Vicksburg native Kelle Barfield, owner of Lorelei Books and Delta Warren Properties will serve as MMSA Vice President.

Chris Hinton of Ridgeland, Miss., will serve as MMSA board president. Hinton is the Community Development Manager for Entergy Mississippi.

Hinton serves as president of MMSA and also continues to serve on boards for the Mississippi District Export Council and Jobs for MS Graduates. As Community Development Manager for Entergy Mississippi, Hinton provides economic, community and workforce development support to 45 counties. Hinton is a member of the Southern Economic Development Council, South Central MS Works and the Mississippi Economic Development Council.

“As president, I believe in the power of community. Together, we revitalize our downtowns, preserve our rich history, and create vibrant spaces that inspire pride and progress,” Hinton said.

Other MMSA executive officers for 2024-2025 include: Treasurer Chance McDavid, project director of the John C. Stennis Institute of Government & Community Development; and Past President Marlo Dorsey, executive director of Visit Hattiesburg.

Additionally, new at-large board members are Suzy Bowman, director of Mississippi Programming for Junior Achievement, and Jim Rasberry, managing partner of Cannery Row.

Moreover, Billye Jean Stroud, director of New Albany Main Street, has been elected as the new Directors’ Representative for District 3. She joins Cynthia Sutton, representing District 1, and Lisa Klutts, representing District 2.

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