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March 2018
The Enterprise of Mississippi Newsletter
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New Year, Board Update  
The Enterprise of Mississippi Board of Trustees has elected new officers to serve for 2018. The Chairman of the board will be Choctaw County representative Ron Bennett and Vice Chairman will be Webster County representative Melissa Vaughan. 
 
The Board of Trustees is composed of appointed and at large members from Choctaw and Webster counties. The Board of Trustees had a financial review completed of The Enterprise and presented at their December 2017 meeting. In addition, Trustees are supportive of The Enterprise's application to become an ACT Work Ready Community in 2018.   
 
The 2018 Enterprise Board of Trustees are:
Ron Bennett
David Carter
Matthew Cauthen
Jamie Stidham
Melissa Vaughan
Terry Wills 
Chad Winter
Industry Meeting Held in February
Industry representatives from across The Enterprise region met on Thursday, February 22 at Red Hills Mine to network and receive updates from industry representatives across the state. 
 
Mississippi Manufacturers Association attended the meeting. John Bass gave attendees a legislative update and discussed the BRIDGE Act and Shannon Hillman shared about the Manufacturers Marketplace.
 
The Mississippi Department of Education representative Bubba Weir attended and shared with employers an update from the Office of Career and Technical Education. Weir discussed with attendees interships and the relationship and role local employers can have with local career and technology centers. 
 
The Enterprise of Mississippi appreciates the speakers who travel to share and inform local industry leaders.
 
The purpose of the quarterly industry to industry meetings is to inform, engage and connect industry leaders over a common topic/interest to share resources and collaborate. 




Telling Our Story in 2018
Noxubee Hills Trail System
The Enterprise of Mississippi has committed to telling our story better. What does this mean? We will spend 2018 highlighting the advantages of our region to retain and attract population and workforce. We may be a rural area, but there are unique advantages and colorful people who have found years of success in The Enterprise region. The story below highlights the one of a kind mountain bike trail system found near Choctaw Lake south of Ackerman.

The Noxubee Hills Trail System is located in the Ackerman Unit of the Tombigbee National Forest is overlooked, underused and one of the best mountain biking trails in Mississippi.
“That is probably one of the best mountain biking trails in the state and it probably gets some of the least use because of a lack in publicity and awareness," the president of Starkville Cycling Club said.

Read more: http://theenterprisems.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Noxubee-Hills-Trail-System.pdf

The Enterprise Welcomes New Employees
Emma Moffett is a junior at Mississippi State University double majoring in English and communications with a concentration in journalism. Emma is originally from Meridian, MS and has a strong desire to make a lasting social impact on the world through journalism. In the future, she plans to obtain a master's degree
in communication with an emphasis in photojournalism so that she can have a job that allows her the freedom to photograph overlooked people across the world and tell their stories through words and image.

Emma is a Communications Intern for the Spring 2018 semester. She is tasked with writing feature articles about The Enterprise of Mississippi region along with photographing communities and creating and posting content to social media. 
 

 
Katie Hess is a sophomore at Mississippi State University majoring in marketing with a concentration in supply chain management. Katie is originally from Ridgeland, Mississippi and wants to gain experience for her future careers and to better herself in the business world. 
Her goal in life is to graduate form Mississippi State with a Bachelor's Degree in marketing and start a career shortly after. She also plans to start a family, grow closer to God, and to live a long, happy life. 

Katie is working in The Enterprise office in Eupora to help with the daily administrative and financial responsibilities of the organization. Katie can be contacted at Katie@TheEnterpriseMS.com.
Support The Enterprise of Mississippi
The Enterprise is seeking external funding and kicking off a fundraising campaign. We will focus this next year on making improvements to existing industrial property and planning long-term to acquire new property for industrial development. We will take a closer look at workforce development in our area to strengthen training programs and access to resources for employers and job applicants to improve and expand their skill set. All while continuing to market and build relationships to increase knowledge of The Enterprise to external partners. Your support is needed to continue to build off the success of the last year. 

If you would like to become a Supporter of The Enterprise please view our Levels of Support for 2017-2018. Contact Lara Bowman at 769-610-1795 or l.bowman@theenterprisems.com to learn more.

Silver Level Supporters of The Enterprise 

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