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CHICKASAW COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) — Three counties hope their new alliance starts paying big dividends.

Okolona is joining Houston and Chickasaw County in an economic development partnership with Union and Pontotoc counties. The Three Rivers Planning and Development District is coordinating the effort.

Houston and Okolona are chipping in 20 thousand dollars each and the county is adding 40 thousand dollars to help cover the costs.

New Albany resident Josh West has been hired as the regional economic development coordinator to help existing industries grow and recruit new operations.

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