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Chickasaw County mulls economic development partnership with Pontotoc, Union counties

In this week’s Mississippi Business Journal, there’s a story that examines whether the forthcoming economic development conglomeration among the counties in the Golden Triangle could be the start of a trend.

The question might have already been answered, at least somewhat.

Leaders in Chickasaw County are considering joining an existing partnership between Pontotoc and Union counties. Remember, it was the partnership among Pontotoc, Union and Lee counties that developed the Wellspring site that eventually became home to Toyota. The PUL Alliance is considered the gold standard for regionalism in Mississippi.

Golden Triangle officials are hoping to replicate that success with their new arrangement, which doesn’t fully come online until October 2014. Seventy percent of the $2.5 million budget for what will eventually be the Golden Triangle Regional Development Authority will come from public entities within Oktibbeha, Lowndes and Clay counties. The other 30 percent will come from private sources.

For a complete story on Chickasaw County’s possible partnership with Pontotoc and Union counties, click here.

 

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