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Executive Director Report
Happy New Year !

I want to commend everyone on their cleanups and recycling efforts in 2019.  Your small part adds up when we all do our part.  Keep Mississippi Beautiful wants to remind all of you to help us confirm our  mission: to inspire and educate Mississippians to take action everyday to impact, improve and beautify their community environment.  

As we move into 2020, I am asking everyone this year to please treat every day as Earth Day and lets all take care of our environment. Now is the time to sign up to participate in the Great American Cleanup and I look forward to seeing all of the creative events you have planned.  Working together, 2020 is going to be great year for Keep Mississippi Beautiful and all of you.

Sarah
2020 Legislative Day
Keep Mississippi Beautiful's Annual Legislative Ice Cream Social will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 1-3 PM in the Capitol Rotunda .

We will have the same set up as last year - and invite our affiliates to bring displays showcasing your affiliate's latest projects and achievements.

Please RSVP to neeley@keepmsbeautiful.com.
2020 Great American Cleanup State-wide Kick Off

We are now accepting proposals for the 2019 Great American Cleanup State-Wide Kick off event. 

Keep America Beautiful’s signature event, the Great American Cleanup, is the country’s largest community improvement program that reaches more than 20,000 communities and engages more than 5 million volunteers who take action in their community to create positive change and lasting impact.

Each year, KMB hosts a GAC kickoff in one of our affiliate’s communities where we budget $5,000-$7,000 for this event, push media publicity, and a call to action to our volunteers.

In the proposal we ask that you include:
-Proposed date for kickoff event 
-Project plans
-Goals and objectives
-Plans for volunteers
-Itemized budget
-Partnerships/sponsorships/donations
-Community impact
-Photos of what is currently there
-Maintenance and sustainability

Proposals are due by this Friday, January 10, 2020! 
KMB Now Accepting 2020 Awards Nominations
Awards Nominations are now available on our website, that recognize the best of the best among our network of community-based affiliates, leading corporate partners and individual volunteers across Mississippi who have committed to delivering cleaner, greener and more beautiful communities.

Our awards program is open to everyone in Mississippi, not just Keep Mississippi Beautiful Affiliates, that have demonstrated achievements in beautification, recycling and beautification.

Nominations should recognize accomplishments from January 1 to December 31, 2019.

Nominations are due March 20, 2020 and the awards will be presented at Keep Mississippi Beautiful Awards Luncheon on April 30, 2020 at the Country Club of Jackson.
Keep America Beautiful 2020 Conference
2020 National Conference Registration deadline (January 20) is approaching for the Keep America Beautiful  National Conference , taking place Feb. 12-14, 2020, at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.

The National Conference is the premier annual educational and training forum presented for the benefit of the Keep America Beautiful national affiliate network, volunteers, and partner organizations. The Conference gathers together affiliate executive directors, volunteers, government, civic and business leaders to honor and learn from one another as well as seasoned experts in an array of fields.   Register here !

Mississippi Affiliates that plan on attending the conference please let the KMB office know.
KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL GRANTS AVAILABLE
Keep America Beautiful's Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund 
Rolling Deadline 
Keep America Beautiful's Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund benefits Keep America Beautiful Affiliates that serve communities directly affected by natural and environmental disasters. The fund provides immediate and long-term support for initial and ongoing cleanup efforts and helps rebuild vital public spaces: parks, greenways, community gateways, Main Street/downtown areas, open spaces and more. 
Future Dates:
Jan 10 Great American Cleanup State-wide Kickoff Proposals Due
Jan. 20 Keep America Beautiful Conference registration/reservations deadline
Feb. 12-14 Keep America Beautiful Conference, Memphis, TN
Feb. 26 KMB's Legislative Day, Jackson, MS
Mar. 20 KMB Award Nominations Due
Apr. 30, 2020 KMB Annual Awards Luncheon, Jackson, MS

To add an event to our "Future Dates" email neeley@keepmsbeautiful.com