Like a number of communities across the state, the city of Tupelo has targeted sports and sports-related events as source of new money into the community. And officials have snagged a gem.
The city of Tupelo has won a bid to host a national softball convention in 2014.
Mayor Jason Shelton and Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Neal McCoy attended the Independent Softball Association and Senior Softball USA National Convention this past week to lobby for the 2014 convention.
Shelton tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the five-day event will bring state, regional and national softball directors to the city along with equipment suppliers and others interested in hosting ISA and SSUSA softball events.
Shelton says CVB staff spent days prior to the conference learning details and logistics necessary to hold a successful event in Tupelo, along with finding the best way to convince the group city was the best fit.
This year’s conference was held in Charlotte, N.C.