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The streets of Downtown Laurel are busy as locals and visitors discover what the City of Laurel has to offer.

Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee will be representing and highlighting the City Beautiful and its revitalization efforts at several events throughout the state.

The mayor this month began making arrangements to attend three different events in the state to represent the City of Laurel.

The Laurel City Council voted unanimously at its last meeting to adopt an order authorizing payment of travel expenses for the mayor to attend the Mississippi Main Street Destination Downtown Conference in Starkville.

According to city documents, the mayor was asked to serve on the mayor’s panel at the conference held this month to discuss the successful economic revitalization of the city’s downtown business district.

Along with the revitalization of downtown, the city has experienced a boom in its sales tax collections.

Additionally, the council adopted an order authorizing travel for the mayor to attend the Mississippi Municipal League’s Small Town Conference in Hattiesburg on October 26 and 27.

The council’s order states that information gained at the workshop will be beneficial in the development of business and tourism for the City of Laurel.

Magee requested that the Laurel City Council this month approve several conferences which are scheduled to occur throughout the city’s new fiscal year, which will begin October 1.

Among the items requested was the adoption of an order authorizing travel and payment of travel expenses for the mayor to attend the meetings of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Mississippi Municipal League (MML) to be held throughout the upcoming fiscal year.

MML is the official non-profit private organization of cities and towns of Mississippi. The MML lobbies the state and federal legislatures, provides education for municipal elected officials, provides technical support, represents municipalities with public and private entities, and is a networking media for municipal members.

According to the MML’s website, the municipal league has 289 member cities and towns across the state, representing 97 percent of Mississippi’s municipalities.

Laurel Council President Tony Thaxton said that it is important for the City of Laurel to have representation at these meetings and commended the city council for approving the mayor’s travel to the various meetings.