- Associated Press - Sunday, February 18, 2018

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi mayor is proposing the expansion of a conference center to nearly double its current size.

Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton is asking the City Council to approve a $14 million renovation plan to the BancorpSouth arena and conference center. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that most of the money would go toward expanding the conference facility, to make it about 15,000 square feet.

The arena and conference center would also receive maintenance, upgrades and additional amenities.

Shelton says the goal is transform both parts into “more of a premier venue.”

He says no tax increase would be needed to pay off the bond debt for the project, and no increase is anticipated for the operating budget.

Officials say a larger space should allow Tupelo to attract larger conferences.

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