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MEC's annual Pacesetter Tour stops in Hattiesburg

The Mississippi Economic Council's Pacesetter Tour hosted s meeting at Southern Oaks and Gardens Friday morning. The Mississippi Economic Council's Pacesetter Tour hosted s meeting at Southern Oaks and Gardens Friday morning.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Hattiesburg was the latest stop on an annual statewide tour that focuses on economic competitiveness and the health of Mississippi workers.

The Mississippi Economic Council's Pacesetter Tour hosted a meeting at Southern Oaks and Gardens Friday morning.

It was an interactive event, designed to get input from the business community on important economic development issues.

This year, the MEC is stressing transportation and infrastructure improvements. 

"That's what's brought real opportunity to this neck of the woods, its been our four-lane highway system," said Blake Wilson, president and CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council. "We cannot let it keep falling apart and so we talked heavily about that." 

"(The MEC) is proposing a $375 million package to enhance our roadways, doing roadway and bridge maintenance," said Chad Newell, president of the Area Development Partnership.

It is the 12th year for the tour, which began last December.

It continues next Tuesday in Natchez and wraps up in early March.

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