Under proper COVID-19 safety precautions and after surveying the group on their level of comfort with moving forward with an in-person session, the Leadership Mississippi Class of 2021 visited Clarksdale, MS for their second in-person session. The two-day session, on August 19th and 20th gave the class the opportunity to learn more about the culture of the great city of Clarksdale, MS, known as the "Birthplace of the Blues".

Frank Howell, Executive Director of Delta Council, spoke to the group about the work of Delta Council. Delta Council is an area economic development organization representing the 18 Delta and part-Delta counties of Northwest Mississippi that promotes agriculture and business policy in the region.

Buddy O'Keith, Clarksdale-Coahoma County Tourism Director, discussed with Leadership MS the different ways he uses economic development and tourism best practice to familiarize tourists with the Clarksdale area for an enriching first-time experience. O’Keefe believes tourism is about building and nurturing relationships with tourists in a way that keeps them intrigued and wanting to come back to Clarksdale.