It is unfortunate that Hyundai has eliminated a site in Rankin County as a possible location for building a new auto assembly plant, but as the Mississippi Business Journal reported in late February, the area has plenty going for it when it comes to future development.
The strategic location of Pelahatchie, Morton, Forest, and when you get down to it, all of the communities on the Interstate 20 corridor running through Lauderdale, Newton, Scott and Rankin counties, offer tremendous opportunities for manufacturing, supply, transportation and distribution companies.
Boosting infrastructure, training workers and approaching development of the area as a regional economy are critical to realizing this potential.
We are confident that local business and community leaders, as well as elected officials, won’t let losing Hyundai hurt the solid groundwork that is in place nor the momentum that has grown from the chance to land such a major industrial investment. Working hard and working together with long-term success as a goal should ease the disappointment of losing the Hyundai project, which, while significant if not historic even, was only one deal.
There will be others, and we think that those deals will be just as exciting.