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The MS Economic Council seeks to secure the future of the state through economic growth

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) — Securing Mississippi’s future was the topic of discussion inside the state Capitol on Wednesday.

Members of the Mississippi Economic Council released their report detailing ways to help grow the state’s economy. One of the ways to do this is to meet labor needs.

Council members said companies have told them their main concern is the lack of skilled workers here in the state.

The MEC said it wanted to keep and attract workers to Mississippi.

In a 56-page report, MEC details how it wants to develop a world-class workforce, equipping people with the skills they need to succeed in today’s job market.

The council also makes it a top priority to create amenities and activities that would stop people from wanting to leave the state.

“Quality of life or quality of place, depending on how you want to put it, how are we going to develop this walkable community in cities across the state,” said Scott Waller, president and CEO of MEC. “Are we ever going to have a Nashville or a Dallas? Probably not. But can we have communities that attract people to the state or want them to stay in the state? I definitely think that has to be one of our top priorities.

“I encourage you to read this plan, go through it, and figure out where you individually stand,” said Maj. Gen. Augustus Collins, (Retired), 2021-2022 MEC President. “Once you’ve found your niche, I challenge you to roll up your sleeves, get going, and get to work, because it’s going to take all of us to secure Mississippi’s future.”

To help make this vision a reality, MEC is also partnering with Accelerate MS, which is the leading workforce development strategy and delivery office in the state.

To read the 56-page report published by MEC, click here.

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