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UPDATED: Partnership Issues Statement Regarding COVID-19

March 16, 2020

Dear Members and Friends,

As always, the safety, health, and well-being of our Starkville community is our most important priority. The public safety implications of the COVID-19 virus are continually being revised and updated based on the guidance and recommendations of our medical and public health experts. The latest information can be found at the National Center for Disease Control (CDC), http://www.cdc.gov/ and at our State Department of Health at http://msdh.ms.gov/ .

Based on the latest CDC and Department of Health recommendations, events containing 10 or more participants should be avoided for now. For this reason, we will temporarily postpone our public events beginning with our Business After Hours meeting that was originally scheduled for tomorrow, March 17th. We will temporarily suspend all Partnership events involving 10 or more participants until March 30th. At that time, we will reevaluate.

Our mission is to promote a healthy and sustainable Starkville and Oktibbeha County. Our organization achieves this by enhancing the quality of life for all citizens through business growth, tourism, and a progressive educational system. While the means for promoting this community are changing daily, support for this community is stronger than ever before. The Partnership, in coordination with our community development organizations, will continue to promote our city and our county in ways that are consistent with public health recommendations. The spirit of Starkville is to support each other and our community. Stay healthy, stay local, and stay strong.

Sincerely,

Mike Tagert
President & Chief Executive Officer

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March 12, 2020

Dear Members of the Starkville Business Community,

The safety, health, and well-being of our Starkville community is always paramount. As all of you know, we are in the midst of a globally-declared pandemic concerning the respiratory illness caused by the COVID-19 Corona Virus. While the risk for contracting the virus remains very low throughout our state and nation, we as civic and business leaders must remain vigilant and err on the side of caution. We will do so with the guidance and recommendations of our medical and public health experts. The latest information regarding the virus can be found at the National Center for Disease Control, https://www.cdc.gov/ and at our State Department of Health, https://msdh.ms.gov/ .

The effects of this illness are being felt globally, nationally, and here at home. Some professional and most collegiate, including our beloved Bulldogs, sporting events have been altered or cancelled within the last 48 hours with potentially more restrictions to come. Our university is considering additional changes to their teaching and research schedules for the remainder of the month and the semester. Such changes will have an immediate and direct impact to the entire business community and our local economy, especially the retail and hospitality sectors.

While all scheduled Partnership events remain on the schedule as planned, we will continue to evaluate each on a case-by-case basis as well. As the situation changes, we will continue providing the latest reliable information.

While the effects of these decisions will be significant, they will also be short-term. The Partnership, your local government leadership, and the University administration are working diligently to make the best decisions for all involved, both our students and residents as well as our business community. Our economy is strong and now is the time to show support for our local businesses. Now is the time to “think globally but shop locally.”

Sincerely,

Mike Tagert
President & Chief Executive Officer

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