ARC visits EMCC

From left to right: Kemper County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Craig Hitt, EMCC President Scott Alsobrooks and ARC Co-Chair Tim Thomas have a discussion on a tour of the Communiversity facility Tuesday.

East Mississippi Community College got to show off its newest facility on Thursday, when Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Co-Chair Tim Thomas toured the facility.

The ARC is an economic development entity for the Greater Appalachian Region stretching from north Mississippi all the way to southern New York, following the spine of the Appalachian Mountains and surrounding area. Thomas toured the facility along with a group of approximately 24 members of the Development District of Appalachia, along with other local and EMCC leaders. The ARC provided more than $10 million toward construction of the $43 million Communiversity. Prior to touring the Communiversity, the group held a meeting at The Mill in Starkville.

“It’s extremely important to remai9n on the cutting edge of advanced manufacturing technology and processes, and you’ve got to have that workforce that can use the new technologies, that are comfortable with it and productive with it,” Thomas said.

Group EMCC

From left to right: Development District Association of Appalachia President Rudy Johnson, EMCC President Scott Alsobrooks and Appalachian Regional Commission Co-Chair Tim Thomas prior to a tour of the Communiversity.

Thomas described the facility as “Tremendous,” and said it would help the area remain a manufacturing center of excellence.

Golden Triangle Planning and Development District Director Rudy Johnson, who is currently serving as president of the Development District of Appalachia discussed showing the facility to visitors from across the country.

“They can’t believe this facility,” Johnson said. “I mean, you come around the curve and out in the middle of a soybean patch, there’s a state-of-the-art building. You know, universities don’t have buildings like this.”

For more from the visit, read Wednesday's Starkville Daily News

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