About Tupelo

CitySeal2015_FullTransparentTupelo is a manufacturing, retail and distribution center – a model city offering a high quality of life and a broad range of attractions. The home of Elvis Presley's birth is the centerpiece of the city's tourism industry. But the community has much more to offer, including the picturesque Natchez Trace Parkway national park.
Five-time All America City Award winner Tupelo radiates the charms of small-town living: a thriving downtown, fun community festivals and just enough retail and dining variety to keep life’s pace interesting yet still relaxed.
Automotive manufacturing, banking headquarters, the furniture industry and textiles are some of Tupelo and Lee County’s diverse industries, which build upon a strong retail and tourism base. Businesses enjoy precedent-setting leadership by the Community Development Foundation.
People expect artistic whimsy in the birth city of Elvis Presley, and Tupelo delivers. Dubbed the “First TVA City” in 1935 after gaining electricity, this city’s switch has stayed “on” ever since. Colorful guitar sculptures dot the downtown streets lined with local shops and restaurants, where people turn out in drives for festivals.
Tupelo Public School District draws people for its excellence and has won seven National Blue Ribbon School awards. Recent city-led health and fitness initiatives also gained national attention, showing what residents here can accomplish with their enthusiasm and cooperation. Those who drive the picturesque Natchez Trace Parkway know traveling to Tupelo can be as enjoyable as time spent here. The historic road gives a taste of the area’s beauty, which can also be enjoyed at the local lakes and parks.
Tupelo’s location at the intersection of U.S. Highways 45 and 78, allows trucking companies to be roughly equidistant from Memphis, TN and Birmingham, AL to the west and east, and Nashville, TN and Jackson, MS to the north and south. Interstate transportation is also facilitated by two rail lines and Tupelo Regional Airport.
Businesses in the Tupelo area benefit from a ready workforce, thanks to several higher education institutions, such as; Itawamba Community College, Northeast Mississippi Community College, The University of Mississippi-Tupelo campus and Mississippi University for Women. Within an hour’s drive are Mississippi State University in Starkville and The University of Mississippi in Oxford.
To learn more about Tupelo and the surrounding area we welcome you to visit The Tupelo Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Tupelo Chamber of Commerce.