Fall 2020
The Enterprise of Mississippi Newsletter
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New Tenant in Eupora Industrial Park 
By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times
WALTHALL — A building in Eupora Industrial Park that has been vacant for nearly 19 years will be put into use after being sold.

The Alloyd building was sold to GK Granite on Aug. 14 by the Jack Gordon Estate, according to Lara Bowman, Executive Director of The Enterprise. She informed the Webster County Board of Supervisors of the sale during its Aug. 17 meeting.

GK Granite is a family-owned company that started in late 2007 and is headquartered in Atlanta. According to online information, it offers a wide range of material from premium marble to quality granite. The Eupora location will be used for warehouse and distribution purposes to store slabs of granite, according to Bowman. It will be GK Granite’s fifth warehouse with two others in Georgia, one in Florida, and one in South Carolina.

The granite wholesale company mainly distributes to stone fabricators. Bowman said it has customers in Columbus and Tupelo, and hopes to grow this area. GK Granite may hire one or two people, Bowman said. Although the building’s condition has deteriorated, she said the new tenant will make necessary renovations.

The 50,000-square-foot Alloyd building is located on 13 acres at 303 Industrial Park Road. Alloyd Co., which made plastic packaging and related machinery, closed in October 2001 during the economic downturn that followed the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The building went through at least two unsuccessful auctions 11 years ago.
Property Highlight in The Enterprise 
 ARC Names Bowman as 2020-2021
Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellow 
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) named Lara Bowman, Executive Director of The Enterprise, to participate in the second class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute. As a Fellow, Bowman will participate in an extensive nine-month program of virtual skill-building, peer-to-peer learning, best practice reviews, mentoring, beginning mid-October through July, 2021. Topics include:
  • Designing effective economic development project proposals
  • Integrating community assets into long-lasting economic development strategies
  • Identifying resources available to spur economic development
  • Locating and accessing investment capital from a variety of public and private sources
  • Preparing competitive applications for public grant opportunities; and
  • Using expanded leadership skills to create strong coalitions
Upon completion of the program, Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellows will automatically become part of the Appalachian Leadership Institute Network, a peer-to-peer working group committed to Appalachia’s future.

To learn more about the program, visit
Funding for Industrial Access Road

Eupora, MS  - State Representative Joey Hood announced the City of Eupora was appropriated $175,000 for industrial access road in the 2020 legislative session.

“This critical funding streamlines economic development and opportunities for shovel ready jobs right here in District 35. It will allow for the construction of an access road off of Industrial Park Boulevard which will, as a result, give an industrial site direct access off of US Hwy. 82,” said Representative Joey Hood.

“The funding received from Representative Hood will help to further develop the Western portion of the Eupora Industrial Park. These funds will be used for an industrial access road. The road will allow for direct access into the site off of Highway 82. This access road will coincide with water and sewer lines being installed into this site. The Enterprise appreciates Representative Hood’s diligence to advancing economic development in Choctaw and Webster counties by aiding in developing the Eupora Industrial Park for recruitment of new industry to the area,” said Lara Bowman, Executive Director of The Enterprise of Mississippi.

Hood continued, "This project strengthens the economic development environment in Webster county and creates additional opportunism for even more good paying needed jobs here in District 35. Local projects led by the diligent efforts of local elected officials and The Enterprise are vital to the success of the local job market. I have enjoyed working alongside these local leaders to provide this funding and I look forward to seeing it through to completion as it is another step towards our continuing efforts to make District 35 a better place to live, work, and raise a family.”
Invest in The Enterprise of Mississippi
The Enterprise of Mississippi's annual fundraising campaign kicked off with letters being sent to community and state supporters. External funding aides The Enterprise in being able to market and promote the region and funding workforce and property development initiatives. 

If you would like to become a Supporter of The Enterprise, please view our Levels of Support. Contact Lara Bowman at 769-610-1795 or to invest today.

Thank you to the following investors of 2020-2021. 

Platinum Level Investors of The Enterprise:

Mississippi Lignite Mining Company 

Silver Level Investors of The Enterprise 

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