The Marshall Saline Development Corporation will unveil their economic development strategic plan during an event later this month. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to CEO Bill Riggins:
Officials report the presentation is the result of many hours committed to assessing the area’s greatest priorities. “We’ve been working on this for a little more than a year, “said Riggins, “We had public meetings scattered throughout the county, as well as individual meetings. We then pulled the strategic data together and found out there were four major areas that needed attention and had a big impact on economic development. Those include globalization, immigration, education, and entrepreneurship.”
Organizers dedicated to the project believe it will create a long-lasting bright future for the community. “I think it’s looking great, ” said Riggins, “We’ve done several expansions here recently and we have some new companies coming in. We have a good work force here in the county and we’re working on upgrading our technology. Probably the biggest thing is education and we’re working with the colleges and the schools on that.”
Of the priorities outlined, many seem to depend on Jefferson City lawmakers to some degree. Riggins agreed this is the case. “Ive made several trips there to make connections,” said Riggins, “We’ve spoken with the governor, attorney general and the state treasurer, as well as representatives and senators and we will continue to work hard to maintain those relationships.”
The event will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. February 20th at the Martin Community Center located at 1985 S. Odell in Marshall. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver will deliver the keynote speech and mayors, commissioners and other leaders are also expected to be in attendance.