The executive director of the Noxubee Economic and Community Development Alliance will be stepping down Jan. 1.
Brian Wilson praised recent successes and ongoing efforts in Noxubee County, including Exterior Profiles Corporation in Macon, which had a ribboncutting last week.
“Noxubee County has a bright future of which I will always be on the team, but other opportunities will soon prevent me from being able to dedicate the time and energy Noxubee needs. So I have informed the county supervisors and the Noxubee Alliance that I will step down at the end of the year. But my heart will always be here in Macon,” Wilson said.
In early 2008, Wilson, with partners John Rounsaville and Brian Perry, formed Capstone Public Affairs, LLC, a professional services firm providing strategic and government affairs consulting for political, corporate, and public interest clients.
In a news release, Wilson cited accomplishments of the Noxubee Alliance, and included a partnership with Lowndes County and Kemper County to promote development in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park and the $2.2 billion Kemper clean-coal plant.
Facilitated the largest economic development project in Noxubee’s history: 400 jobs with Koch Foods
Assisted the purchase of Outdoor Technologies by ProVia Doors and Digger Specialties to preserve Noxubee jobs
Assisted Peco Foods to enhance and protect the existing facility in Brooksville and to expand into contract growers, a $32 million feed mill, and a new processing facility
Facilitated the $3 million expansion of East Mississippi Pole Company and Macon Treating Company
Facilitated the $4.8 million loan for the Noxubee Medical Center to refinance debt and put the savings toward critical infrastructure improvement
Currently assisting existing industries on approximately $4 million in improvement projects to protect 250 jobs
Increased Noxubee County Chamber of Commerce membership by ten percent
Won inclusion for Noxubee County in the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area designation by the U.S. Congress
Earned a spot on and created a model announcement plan for the Mississippi Blues Trail
Secured State Scenic River designation for the Noxubee River by the Mississippi Legislature
Hosted economic development leaders including the president of Mississippi State University, directors of Mississippi's USDA Rural Development Office and Appalachian Regional Authority
Partnered with energy policy group Advance Mississippi
Awarded the Mississippi Development Authority’s top award for economic and community development
Continuing work with companies like Boral Bricks and Hunt Forest Products to assist return plans