Jones College takes over Downtown Laurel

August 16, 2022

On Friday, August 12th Jones College staff members attended a professional development program in downtown Laurel that culminated with the Jones Downtown Takeover.

One hundred and fifty employees from the community college began their day at a professional development seminar at Laurel Little Theatre that was followed by break-out sessions at Laurel First United Methodist Church and Agape Church. The group enjoyed a luncheon at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art and ended the day by completing a series of challenges to foster teamwork and make improvements to downtown.

Participants were divided into 20 teams and were assigned five tasks including filling up planter boxes, picking up a t-shirt at Agape and presenting it to a community member to thank them for their service to the city, creating a music video in Leontyne Price Music Park, decorate a Jones-themed cookie at Shug’s, and sand and paint a section of the fence at the Art Park.

Organizers hope to make this an annual event.

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The City of Laurel, established as a lumber town in 1882, is conveniently situated approximately two hours from larger destination cities such as Jackson, Biloxi, New Orleans, and Mobile. In recent years, the city has become a destination all its own thanks, in part, to its starring role in HGTV’s popular “Hometown” series. As Laurel, and interest in it, continues to grow, we are committed to providing the resources necessary to help all of our residents and businesses reach their full potential.
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