HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The head of the Mississippi Economic Council encouraged Hattiesburg-area business leaders Friday morning to get involved with early childhood education programs.
Blake Wilson, the president and CEO of that organization, adressed members of the Area Development Partnership at a First Friday event at Southern Oaks and Gardens. He said community-supported early education initiatives, such as EXCEL BY 5, would not only benefit our youngest citizens, but also the state's economy.
"Ben Bernanke, who is the chairman of the (Federal Reserve) is quoted as saying, 'the return on investment in societal improvements is around 10-percent'...that would be a good investment in any business today," said Wilson. "So, it's easy for businesses to say this is worth doing, and so it's our job as citizens and business leaders to get off our seat and on our feet to say this is important," he said.
EXCEL BY 5 is currently in about 30 Mississippi communities.