Posts Tagged ‘Economic Development’

30 New Jobs in Noxubee County

Monday, April 13th, 2009

The Noxubee Alliance and Thomasson Company will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening for the new Macon Treating Company Tuesday at 10am at 14877 Hwy. 45 in Macon.  Macon Treating Company, along with sister company East Mississippi Pole Company, represents a total investment of $6 million and approximately 30 new jobs in Noxubee County. The public is invited.

Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area

Friday, March 27th, 2009

The Mississippi Business Journal has this piece on the passage of the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area:

Congress voted to create the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area, which includes Noxubee County and 29 other Northeast Mississippi counties.

The designation will authorize up to $10 million for historic preservation and cultural and heritage tourism efforts. The approved bill is being sent to the White House for the President Obama’s signature.

The Mississippi Hills project has been in development since 2004. The original proposal called for the heritage area’s southern boundary to end at U.S. 82, which would have excluded Noxubee County. However, extensive lobbying by the Noxubee Alliance convinced Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Mississippi Hills officials to include Noxubee County in the final proposal.

Capstone partner Brian Wilson assisted in this project on behalf of the Noxubee Alliance. Wilson said:

“I helped to create Mississippi’s first national heritage area on the Gulf Coast, so I was aware of the tremendous benefits that a heritage area could offer Noxubee. Job creation and residential growth are our highest priorities. They both start with quality of life. The national heritage area will be one more tool in our kit to promote Noxubee as a great place to live, work, and play.”

The Commerical Dispatch says that Senator Thad Cochran was instrumental in the measure’s passage and:

The designation will authorize up to $10 million for historic preservation and cultural and heritage tourism efforts. The approved bill is being transmitted to the White House for the president’s signature. The Mississippi Hills project has been in development since 2004.

MSU President Keenum Headlines Noxubee Alliance Banquet

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Mississippi State University President Dr. Mark E. Keenum will deliver the keynote address at the 2009 annual Noxubee Alliance banquet at 6:30 pm on Monday, April 6 at the Noxubee Civic Center.  This event will be among the first of Dr. Keenum’s major public addresses since taking office.  The Noxubee Alliance encourages any alumni and supporters of MSU to attend.  Tickets are available for purchase from the Noxubee Alliance (601-914-6731).

Brian Wilson serves as the Noxubee Alliance Executive Director and says, “Mark has been a friend since our days working together on Capitol Hill.  He has always been a real asset to Mississippi and a strong supporter of agriculture and rural development.  I can’t wait for the people of Noxubee County to meet him in person.”

Fire In The Belly: Economic Development Leadership

Friday, January 30th, 2009

The Neshoba Democrat editorialized this week about Capstone partner Brian Wilson’s leadership program for economic development in Noxubee County.

Nearby Noxubee County is taking a novel approach to leadership.

The county’s economic development office has partnered to present a leadership development program designed to provide Noxubee business and political leaders with the essential skills for decision making and, perhaps most importantly, taking action.

Leadership development is the prerequisite to good community and economic development.

For Noxubee County, - with one of the highest unemployment rates and a huge challenge with poverty - starting a leadership development program was one of the priorities identified by residents in a strategic planning exercise.

“It is a powerful tool for self development and to help diverse groups learn how to work together,” said William Oliver, president of the Noxubee County Board of Supervisors.

Noxubee County officials recognize that leadership training is essential.

“All of us want to live in a community where things get done,” said Brian Wilson, executive director of the Noxubee Economic and Community Development Alliance.  “That’s what happens with leadership training.”

Getting things done is the aim.

You can read the full editorial here: Neshoba Democrat / Fire In The Belly

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