Scaggs to Head Revamped Monroe Chamber
AMORY, Miss. — On Thursday morning Howard Boozer, Interim Director of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, announced William “Skip” Scaggs as the chamber’s new Executive Director.
Scaggs joins the Monroe Chamber from his position as Director of the Existing Industry and Business Division at the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) in Jackson. Prior to MDA, Scaggs has held business development positions at chambers of commerce in Meridian and Birmingham, AL.
“Skip has an extensive background and a proven track record within the field of economic development,” stated Ken Smith, Chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. “Hiring someone of the caliber of a Skip Scaggs does not happen accidentally. It takes teamwork to make something like this happen and Monroe County has stepped up to the plate.”
In announcing the hire, Barry Strevel, Chairman of the Chamber’s Industrial Development Committee, said, “We are excited to find a candidate with Skip’s experience and desire to support our community and business development efforts. His knowledge and relationships both in and out of the state make him an ideal candidate to lead our Chamber.”
Monroe County Board of Supervisors President Billy Kirkpatrick echoed Strevel’s excitement. “Monroe County has invested in the foundation for future growth and we look forward to working with the Chamber’s new Director to build a comprehensive economic development strategy,” Kirkpatrick said.
“Skip has been an important part of the MDA team, helping our existing businesses grow within the state, even during some tough economic times,” said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen. “Monroe County Chamber of Commerce is gaining a proven, results-oriented leader who will work tirelessly to bring economic development success to the county. We wish Skip the best of luck in his new position.”
Scaggs expressed optimism about his new post. “Monroe County has demonstrated its commitment to economic development and I am looking forward to being a part of the team to strengthen the local economy,” he said.
A welcome reception will be held in Scaggs’ honor at the Magnolias in Aberdeen on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Scaggs will begin his new duties on Feb. 1.
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