TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The CREATE Foundation of Northeast Mississippi gathered this morning for the annual State of the Region.
Bo Collins, the new Chairman of the Board, welcomed the hundreds in attendance in Tupelo.
Sheldon Day, Mayor of Thomasville, Alabama, spoke about being inspired by Tupelo 20 years ago and the changes he helped bring about in his town to revitalize the community and bring more than 1,000 new jobs.
Jim McHale, the President and CEO of Woodward Pines Educational Foundation, spoke about the importance of investing in post-secondary education.
"We work hard every day to be who we can be," Day said. "But we also work with our schools. It's a partnership with our schools, our chamber of commerce, our industrial development board, our community college, everyone, to maximize the opportunities we have in our rural community."
"A bachelor's degree, associate's, or a certificate that leads to significant employment," McHale said. "May be a welder, HVAC, plumber, electrician or some kind of certificate that can lead to meaningful employment in the state."
McHale says a lot of young people are not financial ready to pursue a post-secondary degree.
"So today we are going to share with them some examples of some of the work we are doing to help young people to get this information and some of the resources that are available to them out there," he said.
A highlight of the event was the presentation of the Jack Reed, Sr. Award for community service.
That award recipient was Mike Staten of New Albany.
He will be given the opportunity to recommend the disbursements of funds available from the award endowment fund.
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