Enterprise is springing into action

The past few days has revealed Spring is here in Mississippi. I am looking forward to the warmer weather and getting out to assess our sites and buildings in The Enterprise area. The Enterprise team and partners will be working diligently to determine how our industrial sites can be improved and the industry segments we can market available buildings toward. If you are coming out of a winter slumber be sure to stop by and visit The Enterprise office located in the Depot in

Lara Bowman

Lara Bowman

Eupora at 855 South Dunn Street, although you may want to call ahead of your visit, because I am planning to be out and about enjoying the beautiful Mississippi sunshine!

Recap of i2 Meeting
The first quarterly i2 (industry to industry) round table meeting was held Tuesday, February 9 at the Depot in Eupora. Lara Bowman gave an overview of the structure, purpose and goals of the Enterprise. Participants discussed their challenges and threats to their business along with advantages and opportunities of being located in the area. Slade Redwine, Workforce Coordinator for Holmes Community College was in attendance to discuss workforce issues with local employers. The need for more vocational skills training at the high school level was discussed among employers and how the work readiness and ethics of potential employees could be improved. Impeding federal regulations and their direct effect on production and employment to industries was discussed. These topics and others discussed at the meeting will be addressed by the Enterprise to support existing industry.

The next i2 meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 10. If you would like to host the meeting at your place of business please let me, Lara Bowman know. Time and topic will be disclosed at a later date.
Who we are
The Enterprise of Mississippi is a regional economic development organization composed of Choctaw, Montgomery and Webster counties. The purpose of The Enterprise is to promote, encourage, foster, and advance economic, industrial, agricultural, commercial, civic and community growth, as well as general business in the counties.

Enterprise Board of Trustees
Each county Board of Supervisors in the Enterprise appoints two individuals from their county to serve on the Enterprise Board of Trustees, the governing board for the organization.  The Board of Trustees provides guidance and oversight for the Executive Director and the organization.  The following individuals are Trustees from each county:

Ron Bennett
Matthew Cauthen
Mayor Jerry Flowers
Mike Sullivan
Jamie Stidham
Terry Wills

All Board of Trustees serve without compensation and generously lend their time and expertise.

2016 Goals
As I said earlier, The Enterprise will spend 2016 inventorying existing sites and buildings to be TheEnterpriselogo02used in future recruitment efforts, meeting with existing industrial employers to understand their current needs and assess the available workforce in the area. This information will be used to determine the key industry segments for future expansion and recruitment efforts in the region. The Enterprise will work to strategically market and brand the region with a new website to promote the advantages and resources of the area in 2016.

The Enterprise and Choctaw County
Choctaw County has a strong industrial presence in natural resources and energy production along with a growing healthcare segment. The county is home to a lignite mine and power plant, two natural gas fired plants and multiple large and small timber operations producing goods for export and consumption throughout the United States.

Choctaw County offers residents low cost of living with a quality local public school system along with first class health-care facilities and a beautiful landscape to call home.

To learn more about The Enterprise region, visit www.theenterprisems.com.