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Jackson County reinventing economic development program

PASCAGOULA — The effort to restart Jackson County’s economic development program that started this year with launching of the capital campaign Partners in Progress has already exceeded expectations.

“Jackson County is re-inventing its economic development program,” said Terry Carter, president and CEO of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. “Partners in Progress, a major capital fundraising campaign, is the first and critical step in the rebuilding efforts. This campaign has exceeded its goals and everyone’s expectations. As result of Partners in Progress, the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation (JCEDF) will be able to make substantial capital investments in developing marketable assets that will attract new industry and jobs to the county.”

With the national economy recovering from a recession, many corporations in America have postponed their expansion and relocation plans. Carter said during this time of economic recovery, Jackson County is taking the time to better position itself for when there is a full economic recovery and corporate America begins to expands its operation and seek re-location opportunities.

To launch the campaign and convince the private sector to buy into the effort, JCEDF developed a 16-minute video and a comprehensive packet of information that included cover letters from Sen. Trent Lott, honorary chairman of the campaign, and Jerry St. P

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