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Making A Difference: The Possibilities Tour

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More Antebellum structures are still standing in Natchez than any other town in America. More Antebellum structures are still standing in Natchez than any other town in America.
Natchez has the same economic problems as everywhere, which has left a bunch of empty commercial property in the downtown area. Natchez has the same economic problems as everywhere, which has left a bunch of empty commercial property in the downtown area.
More Antebellum structures are still standing in Natchez than any other town in America. More Antebellum structures are still standing in Natchez than any other town in America.
NATCHEZ, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

This may be a bit unusual, but there is an event going on in Natchez this weekend that could make a big difference in the economy there. And if it is successful there, we might see this same sort of thing happening in other areas.

Not only is Natchez the oldest city in Mississippi, but it's the oldest city on the Mississippi River. The town turns 300 years old in 2016. And that's the biggest attraction Natchez has, the past.

More Antebellum structures are still standing in Natchez than any other town in America. But even with a town full of people visiting all the time, Natchez has the same economic problems as everywhere, which has left a bunch of empty commercial property in the downtown area.

But with an effort called The Possibilities Tour coming up Saturday, the town hopes to change all of that.

"We're trying to take deserted places into dynamic spaces," said Natchez Inc. Chairperson Sue Stedman. "And that's what this is all about. It's just showcasing some real opportunities that are here and trying to generate as much interest as possible to create some new activity in downtown Natchez."

It's a good weekend to be in Natchez. There's an antiques forum going on. The Angles on the Bluff nighttime cemetery tour, their usual Second Saturday festivities, and now a tour of commercial properties available downtown. And in true Natchez fashion, there'll be more than just a tour of buildings going on.

"We will also have creative talent that will be showcased outside or either inside the buildings as well," said Natchez Inc. Project Manager Chris Hinton.

"Natchez is a great place to visit," said Mayor Butch Brown. "People love to come to Natchez and they like to walk the streets."

Therefore Natchez could very well be a possibility for any business that depends on lots of people walking by all of the time. The people already come here.

"it's one of the most visited cities in the state now anyway," added Brown. 

Lots of cooperating sponsors are hoping the concentrated effort of this first-of-its-kind ‘Possibilities Tour' is successful in attracting potential business to come to Natchez. And if it works here, other cities or counties may adapt the same type commercial tour to their areas. And downtowns becoming more lively will Make A Difference for the whole community.

The Natchez Possibilities Tour is from 2 until 5 this Saturday in downtown Natchez.

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