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Press Release

Mitchell B. “Mitch” Mays

Mitchell B. “Mitch” Mays

The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority has hired Mitchell B. “Mitch” Mays of Russellville, Alabama, as its administrator. The authority is a congressionally authorized interstate compact established to promote the development of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. Its members are the States of Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The governors along with five appointees from each of the four states constitute the governing board of the compact.

As administrator of the waterway authority, Mays will also serve as president of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Council, a not-for-profit trade association the authority established in1985 to represent the myriad interests in the waterway and its potential benefits.

Mays,45, has extensive experience in the economic development field that will be beneficial to his new responsibilities. His most recent position was executive director of the Franklin County, Alabama, Development Authority, which he had held since 2005. Prior to that, he was project manager for the Talladega County, Alabama, Economic Development Authority for five years. He is a retired veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the Alabama Air National Guard where he received numerous citations and awards for his outstanding service to the nation.

His academic background includes degrees from Wesley College in Delaware and William Carey College in Mississippi as well as professional related education from the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and similar courses at Georgia Tech. He is married to Melissa Mays, who is a nursing school instructor. They have two children.

“We are very pleased Mitch has accepted our offer of employment with the Authority”, said Jason Rich, of Tennessee and vice-chairman of the authority who spoke on behalf of the other members. “We have known Mitch for several years and have admired the outstanding work he has accomplished for Franklin County. Working closely with the members of the authority and those of the council, his talents and experience will help realize the many economic benefits and improved quality of life the Tenn-Tom offers our region and its citizens”, stated Rich.

The waterway, opened to commerce in 1985, is a vital link to the nation’s vast inland waterway system that serves some 38 states. It offers the most economical and environmentally friendly mode of transportation to ship certain products and commodities long distances at lower costs. These freight shipping advantages have also helped attract billions of dollars of new and expanded industrial development within the waterway corridor. Its modern recreational facilities, such as marinas, camp grounds and thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, attract nearly 2 million visitors each year that pumps additional dollars into local economies. When built, the waterway was the largest project ever constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that now operates and maintains the project and its facilities.

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Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Opportunities Conference

Marriott’s Grand Hotel
Point Clear, Alabama
August 23-25, 2016


Room Guarantee/Cancellation Policy

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Download the Conference Registration Form and Brochure

The Marriott Grand Hotel has offered an attractive conference rate of $149 sgl/dbl occupancy. To guarantee accommodations your room reservations must be made prior to Monday, July 25, 2016. After this date, the hotel will honor any request for rooms at the group rate subject to availability. Reservations for this event will be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott reservations at 1 (800) 228-9290 or (251) 928-9201 and ask for Tenn-Tom Waterway block of rooms using code TTATTAA. This code should also be used to make your reservations online at www.marriott.com. All reservations are accepted on a guaranteed basis only. An advanced deposit of your first night room charge is required to confirm this reservation, or a credit card guarantee. All reservations are subject to a 24 hour cancellation policy. Any reservations cancelled with 24 hours of arrival will be charged one night room and tax. CHECK IN TIME IS 4:00 P.M. CHECK OUT TIME IS 11:00 A.M. All rooms are non-smoking.

Conference Registration/Registration Fee

The registration fee includes all conference sessions as well as the receptions and most meals. Guest tickets for individual events will be available at the registration desk.

Registration Procedure

Send completed registration form with payment or billing instructions to the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway at the address listed on the registration form. A telephone registration may be made by calling (662) 328-3286 or 1 (888) 836-6866: FAX to (662) 438-0363 or email to ttw@tenntom.org. Registrations will be confirmed promptly upon receipt of the completed registration form.

Conference Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received no later than Friday, August 19, 2016 in order to receive a full refund. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED FOR CANCELLATION POSTMARKED OR CALLED IN AFTER THAT DATE. Substitutions may be made at any time.

Golf Tournament

The Golf Tournament will be Thursday, August 25, 2016 at the Lakewood Country Club. Cost per player is $100.00 for green and cart fee. For more information call Bruce Doughty (662) 574-0735 or Josh Tubbs at (270) 493-1958.


Commercial printed materials may be displayed near the registration desk as long as space is available. Exhibitors with tabletop or standing displays should contact the Council office for pricing and availability.

Silent Auction

A Silent Auction to benefit the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Transportation Museum and Intermodal Learning Center will be held on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in conjunction with the Dinner session. If you have items that you can contribute for the auction or for more information contact Agnes Zaiontz at (662) 328-8936 or azaiontz@tenntom.org.

Mississippi-Alabama-Tennessee Rural Tourism Conference
Courtyard by Marriott in Columbus, MS
October 24-26, 2016

2016 Rural Tourism Conference

August 25-27, 2015


Itawamba County Development Council
Executive Director Position

Opportunity Summary

The Itawamba County Development Council (ICDC) is a 501 (c) 6 corporation formed in 1953, and is charged with the responsibility of deploying economic and community development services, existing industry expansion and retention, and small business development activities for Itawamba County, Mississippi. Itawamba County is also home to Port Itawamba, a full-service public inland port located on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. ICDC responsibilities include duties associated with port operations and marketing. ICDC is currently conducting a search for a qualified and proven Executive Director to lead its economic development efforts. The Executive Director will be responsible for the implementation, coordination, and management of economic development activities designed to foster job growth in Itawamba County.

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Director, Water Data Center

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Position is open! CUAHSI is still actively searching for a Director for the NSF-funded Water Data Center (WDC).  Available immediately, this position is located out of the CUAHSI offices in the Boston, MA area.  A successful candidate will be able to elucidate an implementable vision for the WDC and have management experience building software products. CUAHSI will accept applications from people across water science and informatics disciplines; Ph.D. is not required.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Richard P. Hooper, Executive Director (rhooper@cuahsi.org).

The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) is seeking a Director for the Water Data Center (WDC), a facility that provides water researchers with state-of-the-art data publication, discovery, download, re-use, and archiving capabilities. The WDC is a flagship facility of CUAHSI, an independent non-profit corporation, and is supported by the National Science Foundation. Although designed to serve the hydroinformatics needs of the academic water community, the WDC’s data suppliers and users include private and government entities throughout the U.S. and the world. The position is located in Medford, Massachusetts, near Boston.

The WDC is in its formative stage and the Director is expected to set both the strategic and tactical direction for the Water Data Center in consultation with the CUAHSI Board of Directors and community advisory committees. The successful candidate is expected to develop plans for future services of the WDC and to develop the funding strategy to achieve these services. The Director also interacts with the community to ensure that the WDC services are effective in advancing water science. This position is outward-looking as well, engaging other NSF-supported projects and facilities as well as representing the WDC in national and international standards organizations. The Director will be advised on informatics issues by a senior software engineer, but will be responsible for strategic decisions on technical approach, resource requirements, and prioritization of activities.

The WDC Director reports to the Executive Director of CUAHSI, who provides budgetary oversight. The incumbent prepares reports for the National Science Foundation on the operations of the WDC and negotiates the cooperative agreement funding for the WDC with NSF in consultation with the Executive Director. The WDC Director is responsible for managing staff (currently 4.2 FTEs) to achieve the technical, educational, and outreach goals of the WDC.


  • Evolve the vision for the Water Data Center.
  • Structure work plans and lead staff to deliver outstanding operational services and programs.
  • Maintain relationships with the Board of Directors, oversight committees, funders, and academic research community.
  • Represent CUAHSI in conferences, professional associations, and other public venues.
  • Develop and execute business plan for Water Data Center.


  • An advanced degree in a water-science discipline with research experience. A PhD is desirable but candidates holding Masters Degrees with significant experience will be given full consideration.
  • Knowledge of geo-informatics, especially data publication and management
  • Personnel management experience
  • Knowledge of standards-based, services-oriented architecture is desirable

CUAHSI was founded in 2001 by 33 universities and has since grown to over 130 members from the US and around the world. CUAHSI is recognized as a leader in the development of data standards and participates in the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), the Commission on Hydrology of the World Meteorological Organization (UN), and the international Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS).

The position is available immediately. Interviews will begin on October 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.  For further information contact Richard P. Hooper, Executive Director (rhooper@cuahsi.org).

To apply for the position, please submit a cover letter (containing a statement of interest in the position), curriculum vitae, references, and salary requirements tobusmgr@cuahsi.org.

CUAHSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.