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Prather named Interim CEO for the Starkville Partnership

Jennifer Prather, Director of Tourism for the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, has been chosen as interim CEO for the Partnership. Prather replaces Scott Maynard, who announced his resignation on June 14, 2018 to assume a position with the Florida State University Career Center. The Partnership Board of Directors has engaged Logan Development Group to begin a national search to fill this position.

Jerry Toney, Chairman of The Partnership Board of Directors, stated, “Jennifer is a proven team player and committed to the vision of the Partnership. Under her interim leadership, I am confident the Partnership will continue to prosper while we conduct our CEO search. With the ‘busy’ season quickly approaching, there is no doubt Jennifer and the Partnership staff will keep us going strong. We are fortunate to have this team working on behalf of our community.”

Prather has been with the Partnership since January 2013, beginning as Special Events and Projects Coordinator by directing and overseeing numerous special events. In August 2017, Prather was promoted to Director of Tourism focusing on the enhancement of the Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau and Starkville Main Street Association.

“Scott’s leadership over the last year has propelled the momentum that The Partnership is experiencing, and I am honored to be entrusted by the board to lead our team and organization through this period of transition. I am confident that with the strong team we have in place, we will see continued success.” says Prather.

The Greater Starkville Development Partnership is comprised of the Starkville Area Chamber of Commerce, Oktibbeha County Economic Development Authority, Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Starkville Main Street Association. The mission of The Partnership is to promote a healthy and sustainable Starkville and Oktibbeha County by enhancing the quality of life for all citizens through business growth and job creation, tourism and retirement opportunities, and progressive educational and community initiatives.