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Prentiss County grant pursuit

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 8/02/2013 4:49 pm
BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- David Kellum is a regular at a popular flea market in Booneville.
He and his wife sell what they can to make a living. Kellum lost his job three years ago.

"I do this flea marketing because they say I'm too old and over qualified, so all I can get is a minimum wage job."

He and others here would like to see new opportunities open up in Prentiss County.

"Jobs are in big demand, you know. People are needing work," Jessie Milam said.

"They've got some shut down and I wish they could open them back up and give people more jobs," Darin Cagle said.

The pursuit for more jobs is a top priority for Prentiss County Supervisor Mike Kesler and Prentiss County Development Association Board President Tom Floyd.

"We have a couple of existing buildings that we feel like are very marketable and we're hoping that we'll get some industries in those in the short term and this grant will help us in preparation for future opportunity," Floyd said.

Economic development officials want to build what's called a pad-ready site.

The foundation would be large enough to accommodate a 100,000 square foot building.

"The more prepared you are the better opportunity you have to meet those needs and to show those prospects that you have a suitable infrastructure for what their needs are," Floyd added.

"We're at the point that we're ready to move forward and we're excited that we got some studies done and maybe later on (we can ) do some site prep that it will help us recruit," Prentiss County Board of Supervisors President Mike Kesler said.

The competition for this TVA grant is intense, but Prentiss County officials believe their chances are very good.
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