Thursday, November 17, 2011
Progress here, near
Good things are happening – at home and down the road.
I will mention a few.
The change on West Woodward Avenue in Holly Springs is drastic.
The former Mississippi Industrial College Homes Apartments had been rundown and in need of improvements for a long time.
This week City of Holly Springs officials and the developers will unveil the new Spring Gardens Apartments.
From the street, it’s very impressive – a neighborhood for those residents to take pride in and a project to boost all of Holly Springs.
“We are proud to present a rehabilitated apartment complex that will provide quality affordable housing and the means to a brighter future for Holly Springs residents,” The Wishcamper Companies and Rocky Mountain Development Group said on a flyer announcing the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Other partners in the project included the Mississippi Development Authority, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the State of Mississippi.
Mayor Andre’ DeBerry said in a recent meeting that business prospects are showing a greater interest in the West Woodward Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive area due to the improvements.
The celebration is set for 10 a.m. this Friday, Nov. 18.
In northwest Marshall County off Highway 302 (Goodman Road), work is underway on the roadbed for the long-awaited Interstate 269.
The first segment, a 3.1-mile stretch, should be traffic ready in the fall of 2014.
When all segments are complete, the I-269 loop will form a 30-mile bypass around Memphis through Tennessee and Mississippi and will connect to the I-69/I-66 corridor. I-69 will stretch from Canada to Mexico.
Inquiries are picking up with the 2,600-acre Chickasaw Trail in place in that area of Marshall County and construction beginning on the new interstate.
Growth is coming. It is being tabbed as a highway to prosperity.
On Highway 78 (Future I-22) east of Marshall County, there will be a huge ceremony Thursday of this week.
Toyota Motor Corp. officials will be joined by state and local officials in a “line-off” ceremony that will feature the very first Corolla produced by Toyota Mississippi. Nearly 1,300 employees are already working at the new plant. By the end of the year, another 200 will be employed. By this time next year, their numbers are expected to increase to 2,000.
Corolla is Toyota’s second-best selling vehicle in the United States behind Camry.
I ride by the 2 million-square-foot facility in Blue Springs on my way to visit family in Alabama. It’s great to know that it’s officially open for business after a delay due to a global recession.
Economic development in Marshall County is great. Economic development in the region is great, too.
The start-up of Toyota Mississippi just a short drive down the road from us will be a big boost. It’s positive all the way.
A recent economic study suggests Toyota could generate more than 5,600 direct and indirect jobs by next year, according to a report in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.
Good things are happening here and around us. And for that, we’re thankful.
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