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Economic development head for Itawamba Co. moving on

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 7/03/2014 7:44 pm
FULTON, Miss. (WTVA)--Itawamba County's top economic development person for nearly seven years is moving on.

Greg Deakle took office during tough financial times for the area and believes it is headed in a better direction economically.

He will move to R.J. Korman, a company that focuses on developing ports and waterways.

Deakle, a man who shuns the spotlight, took time to share his thoughts about his tenure.

"This November first would have been seven years ago. It's been a pleasurable and learning experience," he said.

Deakle is proud of how the area stood its ground back when the economy was shaky.

"We had some bad news when Wicks' n More went bankrupt. Hickory Hills building went bankrupt and the county and city cooperated to get those buildings and make them available and expand local businesses into them," said Deakle. 

But, one of the things he's most proud of is expansion at the Itawamba Port Site where we took a look around.

"Like I said, this has been a five year effort. During that period of time we've created almost 10 acres of hard pack lay down areas for containers to run the containers on," he continued.

There's even new equipment to stack and unstack barge containers from the Tenn-Tomm Waterway.

Businesses across the country are starting to take notice.

"Hopefully, here September first, the way plans are laid right now. We'll begin a container on barge service coming out of the Gulf Coast, but primarily Mobile," said Deakle.

Deakle says that he will keep a close eye on what happens in the future in Itawamba County.

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