Chamber promotes Ole Brook at Capitol

Published 10:34 pm Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A delegation from Brookhaven discovered Tuesday the best way to get a message across in Jackson is with butter, flour and sugar.

People listen a bit more intently if there’s a cookie to seal the deal.

That’s why a trio from the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce set up shop in the Capitol Rotunda for the annual Brookhaven Day in the Capitol with pots of steaming hot coffee and plates of cookies from Georgia Blue Bakeries.

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Chamber Ambassadors and Brookhaven Mayor Joe Cox as well as city aldermen, bankers, educators, judges and business owners joined Executive Director Garrick Combs, Program Director Katie Nations and Membership Director Jillian Ricceri for the two-hour meet-and-greet of sorts to introduce Brookhaven and Lincoln County to anyone passing by their presentation.

“We invited everyone from Brookhaven and business leaders in the community to come,” Nations said.

They talked to folks passing through and touted their hometown as a place to visit.

“There’s probably a few dozen visitors from all over who visit the Capitol and we’re able to talk to them and promote Brookhaven and Lincoln County as a whole,” Nations said.

Brookhaven Day at the Capitol is a good time to promote the area with those who have a say in where money flows in the state. The delegation met with Brookhaven legislators Sen. Sally Doty and Reps. Becky Currie and Vince Mangold — who have a good handle on what the needs are here but they also talked to other state senators and representatives. Combs talked to them about places like Mississippi School of the Arts and Copiah-Lincoln Community College and other projects on the city and county’s wish list, like the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Airport renovations.

“Lots of things that need statewide support in order for us to achieve,” he said. “They don’t get to Brookhaven on a regular basis. They may pass through or they may hear about what we’re doing.”

They met with Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in his office before leaving for the day.

“He was impressed with what we have going on in Brookhaven,” Combs said. “He considers Brookhaven a model for a community working together and achieving goals.”