Thursday, July 14, 2005

Renick takes IDA’s reins

Staff Writer

William “Bill” Renick has accepted the job as executive director of Marshall County Industrial Authority.

The new IDA director was introduced to the board of supervisors at the July 5 meeting by interim director for IDA, Del Stover.

Renick expressed excitement about working for Marshall County in an interview last week.

“I think Marshall County just happens to be sitting in the ideal place of all - in the Mid-South - for the next 10 years,” he said. “It is the place to be.”

Renick said IDA has done a good job in getting Marshall County in a position for explosive expansion.

“It is getting ready to blow anytime,” he said, citing the projects already on board at the Chickasaw Trails Expanded Industrial Area.

He added that he is a goal-oriented person and is ready to get things done.

This position is one of perhaps two that have excited Renick.

“It is the first thing that has really excited me - it has lit a fire under me again - as far as getting back in to public work since I left Jackson,” he said.

Renick served as chief of staff for former Mississippi governor Ronnie Musgrove from May 2001 through January 2004.

Prior to that he served as chief-of-staff in the office of Lt. Governor from January 1982 to April 1993 where he managed the office and staff with the Lt. Governor and worked with the state’s senators and representatives.

He has been in public service since age 18 when he was the youngest elected official in Mississippi history serving a first term as alderman for the town of Ashland. He was elected to a second term as alderman, then was elected mayor to the Benton County Board of Supervisors. He served four consecutive terms in the Mississippi senate.

Besides public service, Renick is a businessman. He owned and published The Southern Advocate and owned and operated A&R Trucking and hauled furniture made in Mississippi to retailers and wholesalers all over America.

Renick served as administrator for Holly Springs Memorial Hospital and as president of the Retail Association of Mississippi.

Since May 2001 he has owned Renick Management LLC, a small business that does a million dollars a year in sales. He manages three rental properties and consults for different clients for governmental affairs.

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