Meridian, Miss. In a vote of 5-0 the Meridian City Council Tuesday passed a memorandum of understanding that will provide Meridian with assistance from the National Resource Network to help provide various expertise for improving Meridian and the surrounding areas.
“The National Resource Network is a government run program to help cities not only to know what their problems are but to give them the resources from the government to help them in those areas. Just like urban blight, police work, they will give suggestions that other cities have done or monies available by the government to take advantage of the programs to get these things done," said Ward 5 Councilman Randy Hammon.
This government program will give Meridian the resources to help it grow not only in an economic development point of view but it will help with education, provide advice on how to handle urban blight and will also aid in the development of a downtown health care sector district.
“The first and primary thing is we are a health care hub; we strive ourselves on being that and we have some plans that are already in place that we want to let them review and then go and put it in the hands of some people in Washington, D.C.,” said Mayor Percy Bland.
So what does this all mean for you at home? What does being a part of the National Resource Network provide for you?
“It is going to open up pathways to bring new jobs here. It is going to open up pathways to improve our educational system to make sure we are doing what we can for our citizens and improving their way of life. And I think that is paramount. And that is something that we definitely considered when we passed this initiative and wanted to move forward on it,” said Ward 2 Councilman Dustin Markham.