Mississippi Main Street Association honors Chuck Ueltschey

Mississippi Main Street Association honors Chuck Ueltschey

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06_23_Ueltschey honored insideThe Mississippi Main Street Association paid tribute to longtime Mississippi Power employee Chuck Ueltschey during its annual awards luncheon on June 18.

Ueltschey, who retired after working for the company for 39 years, passed away recently following a lengthy illness.

Mark Loughman, environmental affairs director and outgoing board president of the Main Street Association, spoke of his friend. “While it has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the president of the Main Street Association board for the past year, I would not have had this opportunity had it not been for a very special colleague, mentor and friend who passed away in May,” he said.

Ueltschey joined the association’s board in 2003 and served as president of the board from 2008 to 2010. His work through the years helped develop the association into the public-private partnership that it is today.

Representing Mississippi Power, he accomplished many things that affected not only the company’s service territory, but also the entire state.

He led efforts to certify “Project Ready” sites for development and was well known for his skill at facilitating strategic planning sessions for organizations.

Among many other accomplishments, Ueltschey was:

• Past president of the Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC)
• Past chairman of the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service
• Director of New South Economic Development Course at USM
• Member of Governor Barbour’s Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal
• Taught economic development theory class at William Carey College

Joy Saucier, senior community development representative, worked with Ueltschey for years. “Chuck assisted numerous communities in establishing strategic priorities, reaching consensus decisions, and building leadership and social capacity using his Mississippi Power experiences,” she said. “He was generous not only with his time, but with his knowledge.”

He truly cared about others and spent his career helping individuals and communities grow. The Main Street Association and communities around this state owe a debt of gratitude to Chuck, said Loughman. “I had the honor of working very closely with him for many years in our economic development department,” he added. “I knew him as kind-hearted and generous with his time. He truly enjoyed teaching and coaching. Many sought him as a mentor because he always made himself available for guidance and advice.”

Ueltschey worked with the University of Southern Mississippi to develop its economic development department and make sure the program was recognized nationally. His commitment to community development will continue through a scholarship established in his name at the university. The scholarship will be given to a graduate student each year in the Masters in Economic Development program.

“The thing that really sticks with me about Chuck was his humility,” said Loughman. “There’s a quote that’s been attributed to many people over the years. One of the more recent versions is from President Harry Truman. ‘It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you do not care who gets the credit.’”