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Tray Hairston Elected to Mississippi Main Street Board of Directors

Butler Snow is pleased to announce that Tray Hairston has been elected to the Mississippi Main Street Association’s board of directors.

The mission of the Mississippi Main Street Association is to provide visionary leadership, guidance and counsel to communities across the state through organization, promotion, design and economic development to make cities and towns better places to work, live and play.

“Tray will be an excellent member of the Mississippi Main Street board because he cares so deeply about his community,” said Don Clark, Jr., chairman of Butler Snow. “We look forward to Tray’s leadership and the future accomplishments of this great initiative.”

The Mississippi Main Street Association is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and has more than 50 Main Street cities in the state. The board meets every other month, typically in the central part of Mississippi. Hairston will serve a three-year term.

By utilizing the Mississippi Main Street Association’s expertise, resources and technical assistance, once badly deteriorating downtowns are becoming vibrant and viable, and are reemerging as the heart, center and core of communities.

Hairston focuses his practice on public finance, economic development, and government relations. Before joining the firm, he served as counsel and economic development advisor to Gov. Phil Bryant. He has served as bond counsel for various cities and counties throughout Mississippi, and is also an adjunct law professor at Mississippi College School of Law. Hairston regularly publishes scholarly legal articles. He is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, Mississippi Bar Association, and is the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s ‘Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development’ Winter Bootcamp Conference in Phoenix, AZ, February 1-2.

Hairston has been named to the Tougaloo College Forty Under Forty, Young Lawyer of the Year by Mississippi College School of Law, Top 40 Under 40 by the Mississippi Business Journal, and Top 100 Black Lawyers by The National Black Lawyers. He was the Co-Chair of the Tougaloo College 1869 Annual Fund 2015-2016, and he is a member of the board of directors of Mississippi Today, a nonpartisan, nonprofit digital news and information company. Hairston received his undergraduate degree from Tougaloo and his MBA from Belhaven University. He received his Juris Doctor from Mississippi College School of Law.