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Updated: 9/11/2013 8:00 pm
PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) -- In one week, three new businesses opened on Main Street in Pontotoc.

It shows this small city is beginning to flourish economically. 

"We had BT's Restaurant. We had Fudder and Company, and we have Embelished that's open and that's wonderful for these new entrepreneurs to come in and settle here in Pontotoc," said Ellen Russell, director of the Chamber of Commerce.

In addition, the Rails to Trails is expected to open soon, and a park will open during the summer of 2014. 

"We're working on a piece of property that the city owns on Reynolds Street to help us develop our connection to the Rails to Trails," adds Russell. "Getting a bigger loop so that they will come into town and visit and have a place to park the vehciles when they get on the trail."

A regional economic developer says the industrial parks are operating at or slightly above 95 percent occupancy. 

"Most of the companies here are suppliers furniture industry," said Josh West, Three Rivers Planning & Development District. "Suppliers support for automotive industry groups are here and so they here about situations that they may benefit from or there business may benefit from."

The community relations luncheon also offered as an opportunity for local business owners and companies to interact and brainstorm ideas as to how to make the city flourish.

"We have people that come into our organization that are looking for jobs," said Penny Spencer, case manager for Win Job Center. "Then we can go in there we know of other information that would be helpful to them then we go ahead and you know share the information."

The community relations luncheon for business owners takes place during the second Wednesday of every month.

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