Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area
The Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area encompasses 30 counties in Northeast Mississippi. Interpretive themes include Native American Heritage, Folk and Blues Music, Southern Literature, the Civil War, and African-American Heritage. The North Central Mississippi Resource Conservation & Development Council first hired The Walker Collaborative (TWC) in 2004.
They wanted to forge a common vision and strategy for the development of the Heritage Area prior to its federal designation.
This plan included several conferences, workshops, and stakeholder meetings led by TWC’s Phil Walker. TWC was then hired to conduct an economic study based on other heritage areas to draw conclusions regarding potential benefits for Northeast Mississippi and to present the findings in six communities. Following the federal designation of the Heritage Area in 2009, TWC led a team to prepare the MHNHA’s Management Plan and supporting environmental report.