Meridian, Miss. 122 members of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation hit the links today, but there's much more to the story than the fact that they were golfing. The annual tournament, now in its 17th year, provides a day and place for business leaders to come together. EMBDC Manager of Business Development, Sean Partridge, says the golf course is a perfect setting to throw around new ideas.
"Well I think they say most deals are done on the golf course, so it's a good time to get away from the office. Everybody's relaxed. It's a good atmosphere, and a lot of candid conversation takes place."
The City of Meridian was represented by way of Casey Null with Community Development. She believes it's important for the city to jump on every chance for economic growth that they can.
"Any time that the city can be involved in creating new avenues of business, we are always on board, so being an ambassador and being able to assist in that is a great opportunity for us."
One of the golfers, Bill Bethany, thinks this is a great way to meet potential business partners and get to know others better, and he believes it's those relationships that lead to economic development.
"Any time you're able to start new relationships or build upon the relationships that you have just recently maybe have met throughout the last couple of months really helps foster business ideas, business development, and hopefully growth in our area."
The new business relationships aren't the only benefit of this golf classic. It also helps the EMBDC itself.
"This is one of our fundraising events. It's important to our operating budget. It's a great chance to get everybody together."