Home » OPINION » Columns » MBJ Editorial
Musgrove should reveal session plan

MBJ Editorial

Anticipation has been building through the summer as Mississippi’s business and legislative leaders await word from Gov. Ronnie Musgrove on his plans for a special session on economic development.

The governor, as he often is on potentially divisive issues, has been vague and few details on what he has in mind for the state’s development strategy have been forthcoming. Just last week Musgrove said that our system of attracting new jobs and building upon the existing business foundation was old. Worn out. At the Mississippi Economic Council’s annual meeting in May, the governor said that it had grown stale.

Perhaps in the coming weeks we’ll know what it is exactly the governor is thinking. In the meantime, there are a number of factions gearing up to scrutinize whatever it is Musgrove would like to implement:

• the Mississippi Partnership for Economic Development and Mississippi Technology Inc.;

• the Department of Economic and Community Development;

• groups like the Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi Economic Developers Council, along with local chambers of commerce and industrial authorities;

• the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, the Associated General Contractors of Mississippi and other pro-business organizations;

• labor unions and trial lawyers;

• high-tech firms and Mama-and-Daddy stores on Main Street;

• the “economically marginalized.”

And on it goes. Will the governor’s new plan for economic development satisfy all of these folks? Don’t count on it. And if Musgrove, always the consensus-builder, does unveil a plan to be all things to all people, it will be doomed to failure.

One thing is certain: While the governor and his team make up their minds, Mississippi business and industry will be hard at work — working. We’ve already figured out a few things about economic development ourselves.


… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About Staff Writer

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *