Supervisors support plan to retrofit industrial park

OLIVE BRANCH — DeSoto County supervisors are supporting the retrofit of an Olive Branch industrial park operated by Northwest Mississippi Community College as a training site for high-technology jobs.

The Commercial Appeal reports Jim Flanagan, DeSoto Economic Development Council chief, has told the supervisors that the site is needed for industrial recruitment.

David Bledsoe, workforce development director at NWCC, says the cost of renovations is estimated at $714,000. He says discussions were ongoing with state officials for additional funds.

The county’s budget for fiscal 2012 has $515,000 for economic development — including $150,000 for the technology and training center in Olive Branch.

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