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Chamber banquet in Ocean Springs acknowledges creativity

By Priscilla Loebenberg | Sun Herald | February 28, 2013
Special to the Sun Herald

The creative economy is the seed of Mississippi's genius.

Mayor Connie Moran 

OCEAN SPRINGS -- Keynote speaker Malcolm White highlighted the city's important role in developing the state's creative economy Thursday during the annual Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce Banquet, held at Gulf Hills Hotel and Conference Center. He is leading a statewide initiative to promote and encourage creative people, communities and enterprises. Both Ocean Springs and Bay St. Louis have been recognized as important creative communities.

White pointed out the ways creative economies improve learning, stimulate growth, draw tourists, increase productivity and generate new wealth.

"We have a story unparalleled," White said.

When a community agrees on the way to tell its story, he said, it brings civic pride.

"Then you begin to invite guests."

He encouraged the crowd to get ready for company.

"The creative economy is the seed of Mississippi's genius," Mayor Connie Moran said.

Chamber leaders and Moran detailed the growth and accomplishments of the past year.