Jones County EDA president/CEO speaks at Kiwanis Club of Laurel meeting

Jones County Economic Development Authority Ross Tucker addressed The Kiwanis Club of Laurel Wednesday.
Published: May. 11, 2022 at 5:17 PM CDT|Updated: May. 11, 2022 at 5:20 PM CDT
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LAUREL, Miss. (WDAM) - Ross Tucker said Wednesday that he’s bullish when it comes to the Jones County business environment.

Tucker, CEO/president of the Jones County Economic Council delivered his dollop of optimism during a meeting Wednesday of The Kiwanis Club of Laurel at the Laurel Country Club.

“They might take a day trip and spend two or three days in and around Laurel and visit other areas throughout the county on their way to New Orleans or some of those other spots,” said Tucker.

“It could be where it’s a little bit of an alternative as it relates to a bigger market that they were going to visit, and instead, scale back and come here.”

Tucker touched on several topics affecting the county’s economy, including inflation.

But Tucker said Laurel and Jones County have seen a great deal of success in attracting new businesses and jobs to the area, as well as a booming tourism industry.

He said the steady growth of industry, education and culture had given rise to a diverse population of more than 65,000 people living in the county.

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