Look on the Bright Side

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Sandy Maxwell, vice president of the Mississippi Economic Council, discussed where the state stands in economic development, education and business climate and where the MEC wants it to be within the next 10 years.

"One of the goals is to strengthen Mississippi's business image, to initiate an image study to identify internal and external perceptions of Mississippi," Maxwell said.

Her advice included the way we should look at ourselves.

"Internally, we need to do a better job of feeling really good about our state, of saying good things," said Maxwell. "Last time I was in the Delta, they have bumper stickers on the backs of many, many cars there and they say 'I love the Delta.' In other words it's not I love Greenwood or I love Clarksdale or I love Greenwood or whatever. It's, I love my region."

What happens in one part of the region affects another, she said. After her speech, Maxwell shared her opinion about how east Mississippi views itself.

"I think east Mississippi feels wonderful about themselves. I mean, think about all the economic development that's taking place in this area. The whole state is jealous of you getting the entertainment center, the improvement and restoration to your opera house centered around 2005 are enviable," Maxwell said.

The Mississippi Economic Council has scheduled a statewide caucus meeting in Meridian Oct. 12 in order to discuss economic development in Mississippi. The meeting will be at Holiday Inn Northeast in Meridian, 111 Highway 11/80 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Admission is free.

For additional information, call 1-800-748-7626.