As TVA Economic Development staff get ready this week for our 10th Annual Economic Developers’ Forum, we reflect back to last year when we honored Joe Max Higgins Jr., CEO of the Golden Triangle Development LINK in Mississippi, with a rare distinction – the Mega Developer Award. This award recognized Higgins and his team’s major economic development accomplishments while we were celebrating TVA’s 10th anniversary of the International award-winning Megasites program. When we celebrate economic development achievements like these, we definitely take pride in the results of our work.
Yokohoma Tire…Severstal…PACCAR…These are major corporations, but what do these names really mean for a region?
Thousands of quality jobs, billions of dollars in new investments stimulating the economy, and HOPE for the future! Such desirable mega-results don’t just magically happen. It takes regional, state and community collaboration and teamwork among many highly talented, prepared and service-oriented economic and community development professionals.
Listen to this recent short PBS news podcast “Will new manufacturing ease Mississippi’s ‘psychosis of poverty?’” about the significant turnaround in the local economy of these rural Mississippi communities: (more…)