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Updated: 5/13/2014 6:08 pm
MAYHEW, Miss. (WTVA) - The results of a comprehensive economic development study were laid out Tuesday in Mayhew at EMCC.

An economic research firm conducted the study which evaluated all educational and industrial activity in Lowndes, Clay and Oktibbeha Counties.

A commercial and residential real estate agent in the crowd told us the excitement a university like MSU brings to the region is invaluable.

Scott Farmer with Coldwell Banker said, "When you're around a university, there's enthusiasm. Everyone's life is just starting. There's the educational aspect of this area and just the pride."

The report itself highlights the strong industrial areas and educational training programs already in place.

However the study also says more local residents need to participate in the economy to help the area thrive.

Bill Fruth with POLICOM Corporation said, "We need to inspire them to turn aside from government programs and go through this ladder of career so they can earn and prosper. That's one of the things we have to do."

Golden Triangle leaders point to many successes in recent years. They look at this plan as a way to build on that.

LINK leader Joe Max Higgins said, "We're about $4.8 billion and 5,600 jobs in the last 11 years. We have a goal in our first 20 years of $8 billion in investment and 10,000 jobs."

Also highlighted in the report is the need for more workforce training and the development of a technology park in Starkville close to MSU.
Higgins told the crowd there must be millions of new dollars invested by local governments and others in order for more and higher paying jobs to be achieved in the Golden Triangle.
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