PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (WTOK) - Rotary members listened in as Mississippi Economic Council President and CEO Scott Waller delivered a presentation focusing on economic development, healthy living, growing the workforce and community involvement.
All things he says Philadelphia is doing right.
"I think that what they're doing right is there is just a focus on it. Community leaders and community colleges are really starting to focus on how we can build the workforce that is going to fill the needs we have, going forward,” says Waller.
Waller's presentation included an interactive polling portion, allowing members to vote on major topics like the current economic status and job training. Waller says the results are promising for the city.
"The fact that they see their workforce as really somewhat prepared means that we are making progress, in that regard. That goes back down to what they're doing at the high school level and the local community college,” says Waller.
East Central Community College President Dr. Billy Stewart says it's encouraging for the college to be recognized as part of the area's success.
"We are doing things well, here in our area. Yes, there are ways to improve and we as a college need to be a part of that. I'm just very excited and encouraged by the numbers I saw, because it seems to me that our area has an optimism that I hope will permeate in the entire state,” says Dr. Stewart.
Stewart says ECCC will continue to grow its workforce development and preparation to build a better future for the area.