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Planning, cooperation keys to handling rapid growth

Mississippi is seeing rapid growth in counties on the top and bottom of the state, and in the middle surrounding Jackson. Managing that growth is the kind of problem that community leaders like to have.

Economic development leaders in the major growth areas say the key to adequately addressing the infrastructure issues that come with rapid growth is cooperation between different governmental bodies and adequate planning on both a local and regional level.

Joel Yelverton, assistant executive director, Mississippi Association of Supervisors (MAS), said he believes better integration of local and regional planning efforts is the key to successfully accommodating growth in Mississippi.

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