Northeast Mississippi (2004-2013)

The Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area encompasses the northeast portion of the state, including Corinth, Holly Springs, Oxford, Tupelo, Columbus and Starkville. There are several interpretive themes of national significance, including Native American Heritage, Folk and Blues Music, Southern Literature, the Civil War, and African-American Heritage. The North Central Mississippi Resource Conservation & Development Council hired The Walker Collaborative (TWC) in 2004 to help forge a vision and strategy for full development of the Heritage Area prior to its federal designation, which included several conferences and workshops led by TWC’s Phil Walker. TWC also led stakeholder sessions and helped review the in-house Concept Plan. TWC was then hired to conduct an economic study to identify and highlight findings from studies of other heritage areas across the country to draw conclusions regarding potential benefits for Northeast Mississippi. Phil Walker presented the findings in six different communities. Following federal designation of the Heritage Area in 2009, TWC led a team of consultants to prepare the MHNHA’s Management Plan and supporting environmental report.