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Good economic future for Golden Triangle

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 3/19/2014 8:25 pm
MAYHEW, Miss. (WTVA)-- Some good economic news for the Golden Triangle was announced Wednesday at the Regional Link Meeting at East Mississippi Community College Mayhew Campus.

GTR Link CEO Joe Higgins talked to members about the region's economic future. 

He talked about a new study detailing a master economic plan for Columbus, Starkville, and West Point.

Higgins also gave an update on all the economic projects that are on the way. 

"Well, you've got Yokohoma being built in West Point. You've got an apartment complex and a new hotel already going there," he said.

There's also C-Spire and other projects on the way for West Point, according to Higgins.

Higgins explained that the economic development in the Golden Triangle is the result of much planning over the years. Now, towns like West Point are reaping the benefits.
"Especially with Yokohoma now about to open and bringing other signs of economic life along with it," stated Higgins.

Clay County leaders and West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson attended the meeting. Robinson downplayed the economic news, but says things look promising for West Point.

"None of that's been firmed up yet...I think that if we keep working and moving forward they will become a reality," said Robinson. 

"Things are moving in the right direction. People are going to see a change in the next six months in West Point next year," said Clay County Board of Supervisors President Floyd McKee.
Higgins echoed that sentiment.

"We've got Kalstar. We've got MSP in expansion here with four deals that we hope to ink by June west of the airport. So, there's a lot of big things going on," replied Higgins. 

Higgins says the name of the game in all of this success has been preparation.

"You know, you land a Yokohoma and it's probably not coincidence that you get an apartment complex and a hotel," he continued.

So far, Higgins says that some 5,600 jobs have been created through all the development.

He hopes to see that number rise to 10,000 in about 10 years. 

Higgins says that his group plans to finish work west of the Golden Triangle Regional Airport where four companies are looking to move.
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