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MBJ Editorial I

J.C. Burns, the recently appointed executive director of the Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development (MDECD), is spending February on the road. He’s touring Mississippi and talking to business leaders, economic developers and local officials about what his department, one of the few success stories in state government, must do to help them build on the economic renaissance Mississippi has seen in the 1990s.

Burns’ “Partnership Tour” is being sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Council, the Mississippi Economic Development Council and local chambers of commerce.

“…we are taking the time to listen to local business leaders, local community and government officials, educators, legislators and others whose suggestions and opinions are essential in helping take the Mississippi economy to the next level,” said Burns, the former Batesville banker. “Together, we have the power to achieve new levels of success.”

The tour has seen large crowds of folks who want to talk about business issues. It’s good to see government officials paying attention to the people their policies impact and whose taxes are paying the bills. It is our hope that J.C. Burns and MDECD really are listening to what business and industry are saying.

Only time will tell.

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