Guiding Pearl River County into tourist hub

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, November 22, 2016

In recent months, community leaders have taken strides to turn Pearl River County into a hub of activity and tourism in South Mississippi.

The Pearl River County Board of Supervisors are in the beginning stages of choosing a county logo, a feature it has been without since its founding in 1890.

Designing a logo is one of the many efforts the Board is using to encourage tourism in the area.

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Situated between Hattiesburg, New Orleans and Mobile, Pearl River County is a hub for many traveling to or between those larger cities.

By branding itself as a place to live, work and play, Pearl River County is aiming to become more attractive to residents as well as visitors.

The Board also discussed plans to produce

an updated tourism video, giving potential visitors or residents a taste of what Pearl River County has to offer.

Beyond forestry, hunting and fishing, the Supervisors said the county has much more to offer, and they want to market it accordingly.

The county’s two municipalities have also taken measures to increase tourism.

Picayune’s bi-annual Street Festival attracts visitors from across county and state lines. Beautification efforts are ongoing across the area, enticing those passing through to stop in and shop or dine. 

In Poplarville, plans for a new city park are being discussed with two options intended to provide more entertainment and a venue for local events.

In Carriere, the Pearl River County School District is hoping to construct a new auditorium and event center, providing the county with another space to host events and stimulate local businesses.

Efforts are taking place all over the county so that Pearl River County can be seen as a destination, not just exits on the interstate.

Now, it’s time for county residents to provide feedback on these projects and help make the county the best it can be.