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School bells are ringing –
I certainly hope that this school year, our KMB Affiliates that have the opportunity to visit the classrooms to make presentations and will take full advantage.  Our Waste In Place Curriculum guide is a wonderful resource for class presentation ideas and as always, we are willing to share this with you.  Our children need to be reminded what a beautiful state and community they live in and how to take care of it. Our children are our resource for keeping our state clean and green and it is up to all of us to teach them. 

In the next few weeks, you will be hearing our new PSAs across the state on SuperTalk radio. Also be sure to be on the lookout for our billboard messaging with Lamar Advertising.

August 1st was a celebrated time for many of our affiliates, as I am so proud of our local affiliates that completed all of your annual reports. I know this is not an easy task – but as I always – accountability should be at the top of all our goals.
Neeley and I recently enjoyed meeting many of the new Mayors and City Council members in our communities during the Mississippi Municipal League Annual Conference.  We appreciate your support toward your local Keep Mississippi Beautiful Affiliate.  

I am saddened that our Keep MS/AL Beautiful conference has been postponed, but I know this is the best decision for everyone’s health and welfare. Everyone who has made reservations, please cancel your room.


Keep MS Beautiful at MML Conference
Keep Mississippi Beautiful staff made so many valuable connections with the elected officials across our state at the Mississippi Municipal League Annual Conference held in Biloxi. Many are new to our e-newsletter so we would like to say "welcome" and please let us know if we can help you promote beautification and litter abatement in your community.

We always enjoy seeing our Mississippi Affiliates and the Mayors and Aldermen who support our local affiliate communities who provide such positive assets to our beautiful state.

Thank you to Mississippi Municipal League for having us and it was also great to visit with our vendor friends as well!
2021 Keep MS/AL Beautiful Conference Update
It saddens us to let you know that our upcoming Keep Mississippi Beautiful/Keep Alabama Beautiful Conference in Birmingham has been postponed to first of 2022 – looking at the last week in January. Keep Alabama Beautiful leadership team will let us know as soon as they secure this date. 

We are asking each of you that made reservations to please cancel your room.

We know this was the best decision, everyone’s health and welfare is the most important factor in this decision.
Environmentally Friendly Back to School Habits
The beginning of a new school year is a great time to create better habits. Here are a couple of easy environmentally friendly habits to start that everyone can implement:

-Pack reusable water bottles and reusable lunch containters
-Use both the front and back sides of your paper
-Ride the bus or carpool with neighbors

Here's a great article from Lauderdale County! We are wishing everyone a great school year!
2021 Keep America Beautiful National Conference

Keep America Beautiful 2021 National Conference
Event Dates: Nov. 15 – Nov. 17, 2021
Location: Washington Hilton / 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC.

The Keep America Beautiful National Conference offers the opportunity for participants to expand their knowledge, hear from industry leaders, share their challenges and successes, and network among their peers.

This is the premier annual educational, training, and networking forum for our National Affiliate Network, partners, sponsors, peer organizations, and everyone interested in benchmarking in any of Keep America Beautiful focus areas of end littering, improve recycling, or beautify communities.

Virtual Day on the Hill Event Date: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021.
Small and Rural "Up and Coming Destinations"
Roger Brooks has assisted nearly 2,000 communities with their branding, tourism, downtown development and marketing efforts during his distinguished career, which spans more than 35 years. Founder of award-winning Roger Brooks International, Inc., and the Destination Development Association, Roger is author of the books "Your Town: A Destination—The 25 Immutable Rules of Successful Tourism," and the upcoming book "The 20 Ingredients of an Outstanding Downtown," both of which highlight lessons learned, boots on the ground experience, and years of extensive research. Roger is a long time friend of Keep America Beautiful and has spoken at several national conferences.

Having spent a lot of time on the road (250 days a year – until 2020) Roger Brooks has visited thousands of communities in all 50 states. Here you’ll see his top-ten all-time favorite places across America, and he’ll show you WHY and HOW they actually made the list, providing ideas you can emulate so that your destination can be the golden child of travel publications, media influencers, Instagrammers, and travelers far and wide. Fun, educational, and inspiring places you can add to your bucket list, you won’t want to miss this presentation.

Wednesday, August 18, 10:30 AM

REGISTER HERE for the FREE webinar