Miss. Economic Council visits Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (WTOK) -- The Mississippi Economic Council continued its statewide tour with a stop in Philadelphia to discuss economic development in Neshoba County.

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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," said Waller. "I think from a community perspective, working closer with community leaders and community colleges, are really starting to focus on how do we build that workforce that is going to fill those needs we have going forward."

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," said Waller. "That goes back down to what they're doing at the high school level, the local community college."

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," said Dr. Stewart. "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."

Stewart says ECCC will continue to grow its workforce development and preparation to build a better future for the area.

You can view this past week's "On the Record" program to find out more about the state of the economy in Neshoba County.