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STARKVILLE, Miss. (WCBI) – The final pieces to the puzzle for a major regional economic development group have signed on.
Starkville aldermen and Oktibbeha County supervisors approved a three-year agreement Wednesday (10-31) to contract with the Columbus Lowndes Development Link to recruit businesses and jobs to the region.

The Oktibbeha County governments will pay the Link 350 thousand dollars a year while legislation is approved to create the Golden triangle Development Authority.

The link will hire a recruiter to work specifically on Oktibbeha County jobs.

City and county officials say it’s an investment in the future.

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman says, ” I think playing as a team, not only does it increase the resources we have, it is going to increase the opportunities we have. Each of our communities has different assets, different things that we do very, very well and different ways that we can help each other. I think the sky is the lime for the Golden Triangle”

The agreement is similar to one between the Link and Clay County.

The new three-county group hopes to be official by October 2014.

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