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CEDA’s annual banquet reviews recent milestones in economic development
CALHOUN COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) – Calhoun County business and industry leaders will receive an update on economic development in the area, at an annual meeting.
The Calhoun Economic Development Association is holding its annual members’ banquet tonight, and there’s a lot of excitement about the past and the future.
It’s been a solid year for economic development in Calhoun County and Sheila Freely is ready to salute those who have helped make it all possible.
“We will be celebrating our accomplishments over the past twelve months and showcasing some of our local industries and employers, and our mayors will present awards to deserving citizens,” said Sheila Freely, director of Calhoun Economic Development. Association. The band hold their annual banquet at the city-owned venue, “The Front Porch”, a building that was a department store for many years and has been renovated. Freely says the project is an example of new life and renewed energy surrounding economic development in the region.
“Our local store owners, we’ve tried to shop locally, we support that and our local industries never had to shut down completely, they have a lot of orders,” Freely said.
The awards banquet will also look to the future, and Freely says the future for economic development in Calhoun County is bright.
“Continued to grow, I continue to work to attract more industry, support our local farmers and local stores and we are always excited, a Baptist hospital in our county, a fully equipped emergency room, and they started a full therapy building there,” she said.
Freely says the biggest challenge for local businesses has been finding enough workers to fill available positions, but she says many industries are nearing capacity.
According to Freely, many companies have increased the wages of their workers, in order to be more competitive and to attract qualified employees.