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Starkville Community holds roundtable at MSU

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 9/12/2013 9:43 pm
STARKVILLE,Miss(WTVA)--The roundtable meeting was basically a luncheon gathering where officials from Mississippi State and local leaders shared their thoughts and views about the continued growth of both entities.

There was plenty of good news here starting with Mississippi State where President Mark Keenum touted his largest Freshman class ever.

"Our University is growing and that's something that we're excited about.  And when you bring more students to our campus and they're involved in commerce of the community.  We also welcomed 70 new faculty members coming here to live and work at Mississippi State," said Keenum.

The city of Starkville is of course a huge beneficiary of what is happening as well.

"Yes, we're excited," said Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman.  "I think it is a distinct possibility that over the next six months in the Starkville community, we'll break ground on over $75 million of new construction.  It's setting up to be a phenomenal year for us."

Of course at the heart of all of this is Mississippi State University which sits at the heart of a lot of the economic growth that is going on; not only in Starkville, but throughout the Golden Triangle Region.

Its a region that is beginning to flex its economic muscles with announcements like Yokohama opening up in West Point.

This is one more reason why economic developers say they believe that the jobs being created in the area will provide more workers with opportunities to earn better wages which should help provide a higher standard of living.

It's a partnership that is already working as the proof is already being seen.

"We've seen a 30-percent increase in tourism spending over the last four years.  We've seen record sales tax collections for the city of Starkville.  So, we think these efforts are really paying off, and we intend to continue to work together," said Jennifer Gregory, CEO of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.

Gregory says the Golden Triangle Development Link is also a major player in the economic growth of Starkville and Oktibbeha County .
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