By Press Reports
Thursday, April 19, the Mississippi Technology Alliance and the Appalachian Regional Commission recognized Eric Chambers of Chambers Delimbinator ® in Ackerman, as an innovator in the Golden Triangle region. The Golden Triangle Regional Innovation Cluster, held at the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District office in Starkville, honored five small businesses located in Choctaw, Clay, Noxubee, Webster and Winston counties and included a luncheon presentation and a panel discussion with the honored companies. Part of a yearlong project funded by the Mississippi Technology Alliance and the Appalachian Regional Commission, the purpose of the Regional Innovation Cluster project is to serve as a catalyst for increasing job creation with high wage potential in distressed rural communities. This project has been accomplished over the past 10 months through a process of bringing government, academic and private sector leaders within the Golden Triangle region together to focus on innovation-led economic development. These strategic partners are collaborating to strengthen the regions’ assets within technology/ research, entrepreneurship/business assistance, capital and human resources. The Chambers Delimbinator revolutionizes the way loggers remove limbs and bark from trees. This patented design is used primarily for first-time thinning of plantation pine and is a self-contained pull- behind unit that is easily transported to each new job site. Two 88- inch drums enable the flail system to handle one to 10 stems at a time. The design allows the trees to be de-limbed and loaded onto a trailer with only one knuckleboom loader. Its simplicity of design eliminates many expensive wear components currently required on most flail de-limbers. About Mississippi Technology Alliance: The Mississippi Technology Alliance is a nonprofit organization with the mission to drive innovation and technology-based economic development for the State of Mississippi. Visit www.mta.ms for more information, or contact Reagan Jackson at 601-960-3610. About The Appalachian Regional Commission: The Appalachian Regional Commission is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state and local government. Each year, ARC provides funding for several hundred projects in the Appalachian Region, in areas such as business development, education and job training, telecommunications, infrastructure, community development, housing and transportation. Visit www.arc.gov for more information.