Chamber, city team up on new website

Published 10:20 am Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The city of Vicksburg has launched a website providing a one-stop shop for people interested in visiting or moving to Vicksburg.

The site, “,” provides access to 13 different websites operated by local organizations, including the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg Warren School District, Vicksburg-Warren County Board of Realtors and the Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce.

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The website also includes a brochure showing all organizations in the city that can be downloaded and used by visitors.

The website was idea of Mayor George Flaggs Jr., who said he wanted to provide a location where people could access all the information they needed about Vicksburg.

“The good thing about this is people can go and get all those websites and go all over Vicksburg. It’s all connected,” he said. “You can find out anything about Vicksburg.

“I pulled everybody together. What we did was call in realtors, call in ERDC (U.S Army Corps of Engineer Engineering Research and Development Center), the Corps, the school board … everybody involved, “ Flagg said. “I’m trying to recruit people to live in Vicksburg and try to minimize the number of people who work in Vicksburg and live outside Vicksburg.”

Flaggs said the website is another tool to encourage people to live and enjoy  Vicksburg.

“We’ve got to get back above 25,000 people to be able to qualify for most of the grants that are available to cities,” Flaggs said. “Make ourselves much more more competitive when it comes to grant applications and to enhance the livability in Vicksburg.”

“I think it’s great,” said chamber executive director Jane Flowers. “It was great thinking on the mayor’s part to bring everybody to the table and to try to come up with a brochure that kind of pulls the groups together, so somebody from the outside could look in at the website and see what’s in Vicksburg — there’s a lot to see and do here.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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