Renick will be featured speaker at Jan. 31 CEDA banquet

Calhoun Economic Development Association (CEDA) will host its annual banquet Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Methodist Corner on the Calhoun City Square with Bill Renick, ???, as the featured speaker.

Doors will be open at 6 p.m. for some social time, with dinner being served starting about 6:30 p.m.

Bill Renick

Guest speaker Bill Renick is a former mayor of Ashland and campaigned for governor of Mississippi in 2007 as a Democrat before withdrawing.

At the age of 18, he became one of the youngest elected officials in the history of Mississippi when he was elected an alderman for the city of Ashland. At age 27, he became one of Mississippi’s youngest mayors. He was later elected a Benton County Supervisor, where he helped start the Benton County Medical Center.

During the late 1980s, Renick served as a member of the Mississippi State Senate representing Marshall, Benton and Tippah Counties. When his Senate colleague, Republican Eddie Briggs was elected Lt. Governor of Mississippi, Renick became his chief of staff.

In 2002, another former State Senate colleague, Governor Ronnie Musgrove–D, hired Renick as Chief of Staff to the Governor.

Renick currently serves on the staff of Three Rivers Planning and Development District as the Workforce Division Director serving 27 counties in North Mississippi.

There is no cost to attend the banquet, but anyone wanting to attend must RSVP by Jan. 21 by emailing ceda@tds.net or calling 414-8163.

CEDA dues are due Jan. 31 and can be mailed, left at the member’s respective City Hall or paid at the banquet. They are tax deductible.

Annual dues for individuals is a minimum of $50, retail/professional/services is a minimum of $150.