FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Greg Deakle and Kim Graham have a lot on their plate these days.
They have seven industries looking at Itawamba County and the possibility of four expansions.
To take on this kind of work means something will have to go. They are walking away from tourism and festival services.
Economic Development officials say it was a difficult decision to change the way they do business, but it was a necessary move to retain the industries they have and to recruit new ones.
"That's how tough decisions are made-strictly trying to focus our attention where we can make the best benefit for the county," Deakle said.
The benefit of this new direction is hoped to be felt by local businesses such as Riley Building Supplies.
ICDC is working to build a relationship between businesses and industries like they did between James Riley and new manufacturer Jackson Furniture.
Riley is among seven local suppliers of products and services.
"It's good that the county is working with local businesses because that's where they get a lot of their tax base," Riley said.
While Deakle will work to recruit new industry, Kim Graham will focus on existing businesses and expansions.
"We want them to know that we're happy that they are here and we're happy that they have chosen Itawamba County to do business," Graham said.
Deakle says the agency has just $210,000 to cover operating costs-a reality which requires they move ahead with a better plan.
Job creation is their chief goal.