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MEC's Pathway to Progress Tour wraps up in Laurel

Blake Wilson, president and CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council, speaks in Laurel Tuesday as part of the Pathway to Progress Tour. Blake Wilson, president and CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council, speaks in Laurel Tuesday as part of the Pathway to Progress Tour.
LAUREL, MS (WDAM) -

Local business and community leaders in Laurel expressed their opinions on a variety of economic development topics during the last stop of a statewide tour sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Council. The MEC's Blueprint Mississippi Pathway to Progress Tour made a stop Tuesday at the Laurel Rotary Club.

It's promoting Blueprint Mississippi, which is a long-range, economic development action plan for the state.

It has several goals, including enhancing education and workforce preparedness, growing the state's creative economy and improving infrastructure.

During the meeting, attendees used an interactive voting system to give their input on several important economic development issues.

"You can literally sit at your lunch place at the table and talk about how important the creative economy or education or roads and infrastructure are," said Malcolm White, director of the tourism division of the Mississippi Development Authority. 

"(Blueprint Mississippi) is an action agenda to focus on pillars of progress, including economic competitiveness, including workforce and education, including resources," said Blake Wilson, president and CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council.

The Pathway to Progress Tour made 19 stops across the state.  It began last November in Columbus.     

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