Jackson’s mayor looks to improve city’s economy with events

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – On Tuesday, Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba called for a 52-week strategy when it comes to economic growth in the city.

There are two upcoming events; TECH JXN and the Soul-Filled Weekend.

TECH JXN will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 and Friday, Sept. 24 at the Jackson Convention Complex, and Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

The Soul-Filled Weekend will feature two college football games at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Game one, the W.C. Gorden Classic, pits Jackson state University against Delta State University on Saturday, Sept. 25. Game two, the Delta-Bayou Classic, pits Mississippi Valley State University against Southern University on Sunday, Sept. 26.

The mayor said the events are beneficial for the city’s economy, and he hopes for more events in the future.

“The impact of that weekend, those are things that we can build off on as we try to develop our downtown as we try to develop certain areas. If we establish this culture and we establish the routine of having events like this, then people who are focused on economic development take note and look for how those opportunities advance whatever objectives they have,” Lumumba said.

The mayor said he would like for the city to be viewed as a cultural destination.

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