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Jackson Mayor Says All Mississippi Benefits When Jackson is Strong

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 13 Jul 2011 04:33pm | comments
Mayor Harvey Johnson talks with the media after the speech

The mayor of Jackson is trying to stress how the economy and welfare of the Capitol City affects all Mississippians. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that Mayor Harvey Johnson is planning a new program to bring Mississippians into the Capitol.

Hundreds of businessmen, politicians and Mississippians gathered at the Medical Mall Jackson yesterday to hear Mayor Harvey Johnson give his annual state of the city address. Johnson touted lower crime, new development projects and a focus on increasing employment in the city.

After the speech, Johnson says that all Mississippians need to pay attention to Jackson because what happens in the Capitol is important to the rest of the state.

"We want to bring people in so they will get a better understanding of what is going on in the capitol city. Because we are truly the center of commerce and culture and finance and health care in the state of Mississippi," Johnson said.

Johnson says he is planning to start a program called Mississippi Ambassadors to bring more Mississippians to the capitol.

State representative Credell Calhoun of Jackson says when the economy of Jackson is strong, the rest of the state benefits.

"So goes the capitol city, so goes Mississippi. So we need to concentrate, and we do as the legislative delegation from this area, on trying to make sure the capitol city gets all that we can for development economically and otherwise," Calhoun said.

Many large statewide corporations call Jackson home but the city is also host to smaller businessmen like Dan Meyers who runs four grocery stores across Mississippi.

Meyers recently moved his headquarters to Jackson while he tries to expand his business.

"Its redeveloping an area that has been depressed a long time. And when they see people coming back to an area and investing in it, I think it is great for the community. Other people will see it and say 'if this guy can do it, I can do it,'" Meyers said.

Meyers says he was attracted to Jackson not only by a business opportunity but by the promises of future development such as a recently announced medical corridor that could benefit large portions of the state.









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