Neshoba County, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant wrapped up the political speeches at the Neshoba County Fair Thursday with a recap of what he believes his administration has accomplished in office as well as the future goals for our state. He says he wants people to realize Mississippi's growth.
"We are doing dynamic things; we're leading the nation," said Bryant. "We're not at the bottom. We're at the top 10, top 5. I think people need to understand how fast Mississippi's moving and come on and help us push."
Gov. Bryant largely covered the strides they've been making during his term to increase employment. He says more than 7,000 new jobs were created, along with $1.1 billion in private sector investment.
He also announced a $300,000 teacher training grant to recruit national board certified teachers to our universities.
One of the main topics the governor focused on in his speech was employment. And he says the strides we've been making in the job market bode well for Mississippi in the future.
"Let me tell you the economy is doing some amazing things," said the governor.
He reminded his audience how Nissan brought jobs, followed by Toyota and now Yokohama. He says that trend is continuing, and his office plans to make more announcements next week on additional jobs in our state.
"Economic development is the centerpiece of what we do," said Bryant. "It is the sun in our political universe. And everything else rotates around it: education, healthcare, transportation. We've got to have that growing dynamic economy, and we do."
Columnist Sid Salter says the Neshoba County Fair venue has been such a successful tradition because it allows the audience to hear a politician in a freer atmosphere.
"You see the candidates under pressure in front of a live crowd without the filter of edits or re-dos," said Salter. "And so it's a way to see the politician kind of in his native form and to hear his ability to express his ideas."
Bryant says he loves speaking at the fair because no matter what the fair-goers think, they never hesitate to voice their opinions.