Oktibbeha County


Contact: Jan Eastman, Executive Director
PO Box 80010

Starkville, MS  39760

Established:  May 2003

Starkville is a city rich in tradition and blessed with progress. From its days as an enclave of Native American settlements on the border between the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations and its subsequent settlement by Presbyterian missionaries, to today’s varied culture of “Southerners” mixed with the best and brightest of over 91 countries studying at Mississippi State University, Starkville has developed a diverse culture over the 165 plus years since its incorporation. Today, Starkville’s small-town friendliness and high-quality educational, cultural and recreational opportunities make it a wellspring of Southern charm. Starkville has become a unique blend of the traditional Old South and the rapidly evolving age of technology that is the New South.

To help meet the needs of our community in ways that might not be available through traditional opportunities, Starkville-Oktibbeha Achieving Results (SOAR), a CREATE Foundation Affiliate, was created to support local projects by encouraging creative outlets for charitable giving through five supported areas including Beautification, Historic Preservation, Education, Human Services and Community Infrastructure. By working to strengthen these areas, SOAR is committed to providing individuals, families, and organizations the opportunity to invest in the community’s quality of life now and for the future.

Board of Directors

Dr. David Boles

Bobby Crosland

Suzanne S. Dressel, Chair

Andrew Gaston

Mitzi Johnson-Mills

Pat Lane

Paul Millsaps

Gavin Rees

Buddy Staggers

Nellah Taylor

Allan Tucker

Chuck Ware

Martha Wells

Ross Williams

Marty Wiseman

SOAR Grant Application


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