JACKSON, Miss. — The 2013 Mississippi Rural Water Annual Technical Conference was held March 25th thru the 28th. It was held at the Mississippi Trade Mart Building in Jackson, Miss. This conference, the largest of its kind in the state and one of the largest conference’s in MsRWA history, was attended by approximately 950 attendees. Along with the large exhibit hall which consisted of 140 exhibitors, the conference also had water and waste water training along with Board Management training.On Wednesday, March 27th, the annual catfish luncheon was held. Special guests attending the lunch were many of the State Legislators, Public Service Commissioner Lynn Posey, staff members from the PSC, MS Department of Health, Rural Development, Department of Environmental Quality, staff members from several Senate and Congressional Offices, and many others.
However, the guest of honor went to longtime Senator Thad Cochran. Serving on the Appropriations and Agriculture Appropriation Committee’s as Chairman and as Ranking Member. Senator Cochran has always been a true supporter of Ms Rural Water Association and National Rural Water Association’s efforts. He is always at the forefront insuring appropriations funding for water and wastewater is a top priority. He has always supported the training and technical assistance programs provided by the National Rural Water Association and its State Associations. He is always an advocate for what we do and realizes the importance of the commodity we provide. He was also instrumental in getting the Source Water Protection Program started at the national level as well.
During the luncheon, Mississippi Rural Water Association along with a unanimous consent of the MsRWA Board of Director’s, staff and members awarded Senator Cochran and made him an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Mississippi Rural Water Association. The Association also dedicated the 2013 MsRWA Conference in his name.