When plans for a regional economic development organization in the Golden Triangle were unveiled last month, there was talk that similar set-ups would start to appear in other parts of Mississippi.
Since Sept. 14, two have been made public. Chickasaw County officials decided in late September that they would pursue a partnership with Pontotoc and Union counties. Monday afternoon, officials from Choctaw, Webster and Montgomery counties announced they were forming a union of their own.
Stone-Adams, a business development and consulting firm in Jackson, will handle economic development for the three counties as they form the partnership.
“This is a very good opportunity for Mississippi to show how collaboration and cooperation can provide a model for sustainable economic development,” Stone-Adams founder Nick Walters said in a press release.
The conglomeration will be called the Regional Economic Partnership of Mississippi when it starts operation, which should be by the end of the year, Walters said in a phone interview Monday afternoon. Walters said the idea arose about six months ago among supervisors from Choctaw and Webster counties as his firm’s professional services contract to handle economic development for Choctaw County was getting close to expiration. Montgomery County entered the discussion shortly thereafter.
Since then, each board of supervisors has voted to officially join the group.
Here’s the Mississippi Business Journal story about the Golden Triangle Regional Development LINK being a possible trendsetter.
Here’s Ross Reily’s column offering an endorsement to the idea of regionalism.