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Three counties join forces for economic development

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 7/31/2013 10:49 pm
WINONA, Miss. (WTVA)-- Three north Mississippi counties have joined forces in what leaders are calling "The Partnership."

County supervisors from Choctaw, Montogmery, and Webster met in Winona Wednesday to sign a deal that will bind the three into a regional economic organization.

Leaders are hoping the partnership will have the kind of economic success that north Mississippi has seen lately.

For example, officials in West Point recently celebrated the annoucement that a major manufacturer is building a plant that will bring in jobs and economic growth to the Golden Triangle area.

In fact, several agencies worked together to make the Yokohoma plan possible.

A similar alliance with Pontotoc, Union, and Lee Counties landed Toyota in Blue Springs.

"Certainly, we're looking for jobs. The main purpose of this development would be to bring jobs to this region whichever county it might be," said Webster County District Four Supervisor Paul Crowley.

Officials in Choctaw, Montgomery, and Webster believe that the area's geographic location is ideal for just about any potential company or manufacturer.

"If one county is able to land something, then you know then all three counties are going to benefit from this. Whichever county might be fortunate enough to land an industry," Crowley continued.

But, he like the rest of the area economic developers know that competition for those jobs is tough.

"Things are so expensive now. In other words you can regionalize like we have. It kind of cuts your expenses," Crowley said. 

Crowley says "The Partnership" will provide hope for an area looking for an economic boom.

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