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Neshoba eyes combining economic development efforts

By By Steve Swogetinsky/The Meridian Star
April 11, 2001
PHILADELPHIA Business in the Philadelphia-Neshoba County area is strong right now, according to chamber of commerce president Greg McKee.
And to keep it that way, leaders are looking at ways to strengthen the community's economic development efforts.
Currently, the Neshoba County Chamber of Commerce and the Industrial Development Authority are separate entities, even though they work out of the same building on the corner of Poplar and Beacon streets. The Neshoba County Tourism Commission does not have not actually have an office, but uses the facilities of the Chamber.
That's about to change.
McKee said he hoped the organization would be set in place by June.
A committee made up of government appointed and private representatives, have been working on this project since the beginning of the year.
McKee said the decision to combine the three groups has been discussed before. However, the idea got new life during a long-range planning conference in November.
Frank Moore is chairing the committee, which is expected to meet again in the new few days.
Steve Swogetinsky is regional editor of The Meridian Star. E-mail him at sswogetinsky@themeridianstar.com.