Thursday, May 3, 2007
City stresses unity in recruiting industry
By SUE WATSON
Holly Springs Mayor Andre’ DeBerry and alderman Russell Johnson reported to the board on prospects of becoming a team player for new industry coming to the county as the result of the coming of the Toyota plant in Union County.
Johnson, who represents the city on the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority, handed out IDA brochures and said the city should be thinking of what it wants to offer in the way of plant facilities and sites. He noted that Interstate 22 (Highway 78), the Holly Springs Industrial Park and airport facilities position the city for some of the new growth.
“It’s for your information on changes we make to compete with other communities,” he said.
Alderman Nancy Hutchens said the city is very interested in being a team player with IDA in attracting new industry and business.
Mayor DeBerry said the city could be a key player and should think about specific projects it wants.
“In many instances Holly Springs and this board will have to drive decisions and the county will have to take the lead from us,” he said. “This is a whole other ball game we are in and the dynamics that have been played in Mississippi – all that book has been thrown out. A lot of communities will be in a good location but not ready and will be looked over. We’ve got to think as one — Marshall County and Holly Springs and all its cities as one.”
He said the Toyota assembly plant just east of New Albany will drive the need for other kinds of businesses like office or janitorial suppliers, as well as industrial suppliers and there would be opportunities for women-owned and minority-owned businesses.
Utilities, high-speed Internet, and transportation are high on the list of things industrial prospects are looking for in moving here, he said.
In other business, the board of aldermen:
The pickup fee, daily food fee and licensing fee need amending in the ordinance, Pearson said, before his department can enforce animal control.
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