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Area leaders join for today’s OCEDA meeting

February 12, 2012

By STEVEN NALLEY
citybeat@bellsouth.net

The Oktibbeha County Economic Development Authority will meet 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership building.
GSDP Business Manager Shelby Stevenson said apart from routine financial approvals, there are no major action items set for the meeting’s agenda.
She said the meeting will consist primarily of reports from city and county officials, business leaders, and representatives from Mississippi State University.
Jon Maynard, GSDP president, said he intends to revisit several projects he has reported on at previous meetings of OCEDA, the GSDP and the Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.
These include the Cotton Mills project and Project Blue Eyes, the latter of which is a code-name for an effort to bring an unnamed military technology company to Starkville.
“(Both) are still on track,” Maynard said.
Sturgis Mayor Walter Turner said he plans to report on the Sturgis South Bike Rally Board’s latest proposal to restore the rally after its cancellation in 2011. He said it’s possible the city may call a special meeting before the month ends, but this decision will not be finalized by the time of the OCEDA meeting.
“I’ve got to get my figures together before I call the meeting,” Turner Said.
Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman said his full report is not yet finalized, but he intends to discuss the city’s progress on creating a redevelopment district and redevelopment authority, which he said could accelerate development in such areas as Highway 182 and Highway 12.
“We’ve got a steering committee in place as of Tuesday,” Wiseman said. “In my introductory meeting with Tripp Muldrow, he recommended our first step be creating a steering committee that can work closely with him in laying a framework for this process. I asked the board to approve a steering committee on Tuesday night, and they did approve it.”
Wiseman said he is one of nine members on the steering committee, including Ward 5 Alderman Jeremiah Dumas, Assistant City Planner Pamela Daniel, planning and zoning commissioner Jeremy Murdock, Peter’s Rock Temple associate pastor Mike Jones, GSDP Vice President Jennifer Gregory, local developer Jeremy Tabor and property owners Hal Parker and George Chesteen.

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