- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Tourism officials in Tupelo plan to install new signs that will make it easier for visitors to get around the city.

Officials said they want to ensure visitors know about the city’s attractions and how to get to them, so the Convention and Visitors Bureau is planning and designing a new signage system.

Bureau Director Neal McCoy said the idea came after Tupelo tourism leaders attended a workshop last year that emphasized the importance of proper signage for cities.

“We knew our gateway signs, or the ‘Welcome to Tupelo’ backlit marquees, were really outdated, but that workshop helped us realize and identify the need for way-finding signs throughout the city,” McCoy said.

The project looks to implement a variety of new signs, including gateway ones that will let visitors know they’ve entered Tupelo and reflect the city’s background.



“So much of Mississippi’s story is about the struggles and oppression, like in the Delta, for example, where there’s a very gritty feel,” McCoy said. “That doesn’t necessarily resonate in Tupelo in that we’re a very progressive, upbeat place, so we wanted our branding to represent that.”

Though the project is in the design phase, McCoy said, the next steps will involve deciding exactly where to place the signs. The City Council must approve the project before the bidding process.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1QBF3VB ) that the bureau has a $200,000 budget for the project, with $40,000 going to toward engineering and consulting fees. The rest covers buying and installing the signage.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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