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LOWNDES COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI)- Business and industry leaders throughout the area were honored Wednesday for their hard work.

East Mississippi Community College held their 24th annual industry appreciation luncheon at the Lyceum auditorium.

The college also presented awards to several of the companies.

“I think it’s very important to have this level of support from EMCC , from the workforce. We’ve worked together very intensively to develop programs; to support our industry locally. And it’s good to meet all of our colleagues here and to have this type of event and to do some networking for their part,” said Paccar Engine Company worker Lex Lemmers.

More than 60 industries in East Mississippi attended the event.

Economic development in Mississippi won’t happen overnight. But prosperity has its foot in the door thanks to the Golden Triangle.

That was the message from Brent Christensen, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, Wednesday at East Mississippi Community College’s 24th Annual Golden Triangle Campus Industry Appreciation Luncheon.

Christensen was on hand to explain the MDA’s vision for how Mississippi can slowly build its economic base through industry and tourism. But, he said, the interest Mississippi needs from major employers won’t come until someone proves industry can be successful in Mississippi.

It’s a vision Christensen has communicated before. But it was appropriate Wednesday in Mayhew as he delivered his message immediately prior to EMCC’s recognition of companies and organizations which are making that vision a reality.

The big winner Wednesday was PACCAR Engine Company, which earned the Director’s Award for demonstrating the highest level of workforce training, management excellence with superior outcomes, continuous improvement with outstanding results, excellent systems and deploying world class processes.

Best Practices Awards for providing outstanding workforce training, quality management and business practices that serve as models for others were awarded to Royal Trucking Company of West Point, Weavexx of Starkville and Nammo Talley of Lowndes County.

Special Recognitions for outstanding leadership with superior results in building regional coalitions for community development and economic enhancement of the Golden Triangle were awarded to the Tri-County Regional Development Steering Committee. The steering committee members were Gordon Flowers of Brunini and Associates, Jack Wallace of OCEDA, Jackie Edwards, Executive Director of Community Counseling Services, Jim McAlexander of BankFirst Financial Services, Marvell Howard, Oktibbeha County Supervisor ,Parker Wiseman, Starkville Mayor, and Robbie Robinson, former Clay County Chancery Clerk.




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