Franklin County set to get upscale lodge, conference center

The 2018 Farm Bill passed by Congress gives the Scenic Rivers Development Alliance, a coalition of local governments in five counties, the opportunity to acquire and develop the property into a destination location for outdoor recreation enthusiasts, clubs, businesses and regional organizations.

Joseph Parker, the executive director of the alliance, an independent state entity started several years ago as a branch of the Pike County Economic Development District, was quoted as saying “[t]his region has some of the best natural and economic assets in the state, but we are sometimes overlooked because of our sparse population.” Supporters anticipate completing the land purchase and fund the project, which includes a lodge, conference center, swimming pool, marina, boardwalk and an overlook, through a variety of public and private sources, including state and federal funds and private donations.

Source: Mississippi Business Journal