The numbers are in. The City of Tupelo employee United Way Campaign raised $32,093.91 this year.
Campaign chair Ebony Hattix, who works at BancorpSouth Arena was notified Friday morning in an email from United Way Director Melinda Tidwell.
Here’s what Melinda had to say in the email: “That is awesome, thank you so much for all your hard work! I would love to bottle your enthusiasm and take it with me wherever I go. You have been so encouraging to work with, thank you again!”
Tupelo received its Sustainable Community designation from the Tennessee Valley Authority on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in Nashville. Ward 4 Councilwoman Nettie Davis, accompanied by city employees Sandy Shumaker and Lynsey Vanstory, attended the event to receive the award.
The Valley Sustainable Communities Program is one of TVA’s community preparedness offerings. It assists communities in identifying and cataloging their sustainable assets and increasing their sustainability commitments. The economic development focus is to increase the community’s competitiveness when companies are looking to invest in new or expanded locations in the Valley. Sustainable economic development balances the need for economic growth with environmental and societal accountability. It ultimately offers benefits across a triple bottom line to ensure a healthy environment, a thriving community, and economic prosperity.