As economic developers and business representatives shook hands after C Spire announced it will construct a $22 million data-processing facility in Starkville, local leaders trumped up the successful relationship between Oktibbeha County and the Golden Triangle Development Link, and set their sights on the next job-producing investment.
Increased Greater Starkville Development Partnership revenues will help pay for more advertising and marketing, a tool CEO Jennifer Gregory says directly impacts tourism and out-of-town spending in Starkville.
C Spire officials announced Thursday the company will build a $22 million data-processing center at Mississippi State University's Thad Cochran Research Park, a move which marks the first significant Oktibbeha County investment landed by the Golden Triangle Development Link.
The Commission on Consolidated Starkville School District Structure laid out two plans to address short- and long-term, merger-created logistical needs Thursday but did not cement options on how to successfully join the two systems' student populations in 2015.
As Starkville's weekend population swells with visitors to Bulldog Bash and Mississippi State University's home game against Louisiana State University, local law enforcement agencies will increase the amount of officers patrolling city and county roads.
Starkville aldermen unanimously tasked Community Developer William Snowden with reviewing the city's sidewalk and landscaping ordinances after two representatives --Ward 2's Lisa Wynn and Ward 3's David Little -- said the rules place unfair, economic development-prohibiting burdens on property owners.
State and local government officials, higher education leaders and economic developers are expected to announce a major breakthrough concerning Project Cumulus, a proposed $20 million technology initiative, Thursday at the Thad Cochran Research Park.
Starkville aldermen are expected to approve a tax abatement request Tuesday that exempts ad valorem property assessments Medical Development properties LLC's Premier Imaging facility up to 2020.
The process of logistically joining Oktibbeha County's two school systems will be a plan driven by raw numbers and dictated by campus capacity constraints and yet-to-be secured funding for potential construction and renovations.
Getting back to basics and having plenty of fun while doing it is the top priority at the Mississippi Modern Homestead Center Hobby Farm and Homesteading Fair Saturday in Starkville.
Starkville Main Street Association will soon bid out the first phase of its Starkville Fire Station No. 1 improvement project, a plan which includes infrastructure and accessibility upgrades near the intersection of Lampkin and Montgomery streets, Greater Starkville Development Partnership CEO Jennifer Gregory confirmed Thursday.
Oktibbeha County's unemployment rate in August was nearly 1 percent lower than July's estimate of 9.7. August's rate came in at 8.8 percent. That percentage represents an estimated 1,760 people actively looking for a job, according to statistics from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
Starkville was one of the first Mississippi cities Tuesday to put their name in the hat to become C Spire's first recipient of ultra-fast Internet access. C Spire officials launched Fiber to the Home, a substantial investment that will develop fiber optic Internet capabilities in the state.
As consolidation committee members turn their attention to forming a unified school district's structure for students, the fate of the county's education building remains an unsettled issue.
Starkville collected $441,240.29 in non-2 percent sales tax receipts for July, a figure which represents the second-best July on record for the city. Sales tax returns for the calendar year continue to track closely to 2012's pace.
Cornerstone Park, an industrial site located south of the Miss. Highway 12 and Miss. Highway 25 bypass, has been submitted for at least two economic development projects after inventory and logistical analysis revealed 4-County Electric Power Association can commit more electricity than developers once believed.
The Golden Triangle Development Link is developing plans to construct a speculative building at the Starkville Industrial Park to help lure potential development, Joey Deason, Oktibbeha County's Link representative, confirmed Thursday.
Oktibbeha County consolidation efforts could yield a long-discussed partnership with Mississippi State University to establish a demonstration school, or at least a more-rigorous partnership, which will help the university engage in rural renewal efforts on an educational level.
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