Saline County’s Economic Development Strategic Plan was announced Wednesday night.  The Zimmer Group talked to people, held community listening sessions, and looked at quantitative data.  Click to hear KMZU’s Janet Adkison speak with Vice President Troy Nash:

Troy Nash

Nash said they believe that people are one of Saline County’s greatest assets.  “There’s an entrepreneurial spirit here that’s second-to-none,” said Nash, “This is the second most fertile soil in Missouri, so why not?”

Marshall-Saline Development Corporation Executive Director Bill Riggins says they needed a plan of direction to work toward.  Click to hear KMZU’s Janet Adkison speak with Riggins:

Bill Riggins

Riggins hopes to work with other counties in the area to increase effectiveness.

MU Extension’s Program Associate Marsha Corbin says she is working on the Old Trails Project, which would benefit from the plan introduced Wednesday night.  Click to hear KMZU’s Janet Adkison speak with Corbin:

Marsha Corbin

The Economic Development Strategic Plan will focus on globalization, education, immigration, and entrepreneurship.  The plan is now on display for the public to view.