IUKA, Miss. (WTVA) - A long-time north Mississippi economic developer was honored in Iuka for bringing jobs and industry to the area.
Gary Matthews, 70, was honored as a man who helped the county come back to life economically after years of struggle following the closing of the old Yellow Creek Nuclear facility.
He received a proclamation in his honor.
Matthews currently serves as executive director of the Tishomingo County Development Foundation.
"He built up all the industries here, and we don't have a building that is vacant. Nothing whatsoever," Iuka businessman Harold Lomenick said.
Matthews said it takes a team to build a local economy.
"Rather than just me, I think it's just the recognition of our team,” Matthews said. “I think we have a team here. We're partners, we work together. That's what it's all about. It's about partners and teamwork."
Matthews said the county has fared well with business development through the pandemic. The challenge now is to find enough workers to fill jobs in the county, he said.