Supervisors to get strategic plan update

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 6, 2000

Adams County supervisors are expected to hear updates on a strategic plan for economic development in their meeting today.

Alcorn State University is working with the supervisors to develop a regional economic development strategic plan for southwest Mississippi.

Jackie Mitchell, director of Alcorn’s Center of Rural Life and Economic Development, is working with Stacey & Associates of Mobile, Ala., to develop a five-county regional strategic plan for Adams, Jefferson, Claiborne, Wilkinson, and Franklin counties.

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Mitchell presented an update to Adams County supervisors in December on the joint project of Alcorn State University and the counties involved.

At the board’s 9 a.m. meeting today, Mitchell is expected to update supervisors with guest Lynn Stacy of Stacy and Associates.

Funds for the study came from a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant.

The long range objective of the program will be to provide each county with the resources to improve their economic standing. Following the initial introduction, Mitchell said Stacey will meet with supervisors individually to gain additional guidance on the needs of Adams County.

&uot;The board of supervisors has been the lead entity at local levels,&uot; Mitchell said. &uot;We don’t want to dictate to them, we really want them to take a leadership role.&uot;

Stacey & Associates is scheduled to complete their strategic plan for each of the five counties in July 2000, she said.

Supervisors will also catch up with progress on the Foster Mound industrial site through a report by Roy Geoghegan of the Southwest Planning and Development District.

Sam Mohom, architect for the Wallace Memorial Fire Station at Foster Mound, will present an updated plan for that renovation.