Chamber Annual Meeting announced

By Chamber of Commerce

The Annual Meeting of the Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce will be held March 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Center in Ackerman. The public is invited to attend the meeting where three Chamber Board members will be elected and the Red Hills Mine will make a presentation about an upcoming EPA regulation.

The Chamber would like to invite the public to attend the Annual Meeting to learn more about how the Chamber supports the businesses, industry and people of Choctaw County. Membership forms will be available for any business or individual that may be interested in joining the Chamber.

Members of the Chamber of Commerce are encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting. At the meeting, members will vote to elect three members to the Chamber Board of Directors. These directors will serve three year terms. Chamber members have been sent nomination forms to nominate a person from the Chamber membership. Nomination forms must be received or postmarked by March 3 to be counted. During the meeting, members present will vote by ballot on the list of nominees to elect the three board positions.

Also, during the Annual Meeting, the Red Hills Mine will make a presentation to inform the public about an upcoming EPA regulation (EPA 311d) that would severely affect the coal mine and the Red Hills Power Plant (coal-fired power plant).

This regulation is part of the EPA’s Clean Power Plant which calls for eliminating all existing coal-fired generation in Mississippi. The proposed rule (111d) requires that coal-fired plants be closed and replaced by natural gas. This rule would severely affect Choctaw County’s coal mine and coal-fired power plant. To get a better understanding, Mississippi State University conducted an Economic Impact Analysis of the Red Hills Mine and the Red Hills Power Plant on the local community (Attala, Choctaw, Montgomery, Oktibbeha, Webster and Winston Counties). The total impact of direct, indirect and inducted effect on employment is 603 jobs lost resulting in lost labor income of $40, 908,665. The total loss of local, state and federal tax revenue is $20,283,556 with approximately one-third of that being local taxes in Choctaw County alone.

Attend the Chamber Annual Meeting to learn more about this proposed rule that will affect Choctaw County and how you can help prevent this rule.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information call 662-285-3778 or email d.mckay@choctawcountyms.com or a.mcbride@choctawcountyms.com.