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is an available 275,000 sq. ft. building
located in Tupelo/Lee County.
Presley was born here and grew up to electrify the world.
Meanwhile, Tupelo became the first city electrified by The
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
that low-cost, reliable power along with nine area industrial
parks, nearly 1.4 million square feet of existing building
space, innovative worker training programs and other economic
development resources have made ours the number one county
for manufacturing in the state of Mississippi," said
Community Development Foundation (CDF) Executive Director
the most creative forces in rural American economic and community
development, CDF has built a business base in the Tupelo-Lee
County area that includes such large international companies
as Hunter Douglas (Netherlands), Norbord Industries (Canada),
BTR: HON (Australia), and Wey Valve Inc. (Switzerland). American-based
firms like Himolene, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Lane
Furniture Industries, Bauhaus, and Tecumseh Products are also
located here. And the Tupelo Furniture Market, which began
as a place for local furniture companies to exhibit their
upholstery products, is now the second largest furniture market
in the United States with more that 1,000 exhibitors showcasing
their products to international buyers from over 38 countries.
is quick to credit an emphasis on worker training and education
as "one of the reasons" Tupelo is such a great business
location. "Our Skill/Tech One Stop Career Centers network
many of the services required to assist businesses and industries
with workforce assessment, training and counseling-related
activities. The Tupelo Center services Chickasaw, Itawamba,
Lee, Ponotoc, and Monroe counties," he said, adding that
these services can be delivered on the Itawamba Community
College campuses or on-site "depending on the need."
also touted a community-based, cooperative effort to improve
and coordinate career training and development within the
Tupelo area-the National Model for Technical Education. "Local
leaders researched the five major employment areas determined
to be in the greatest need of education and training development,"
he explained, "and determined those to be electricity/electronics,
industrial maintenance, tool and die/numerical controls, data
processing, and office occupations."
As a result
of the program, the community college has developed new technology
programs such as the Computer Networking Technology Class
and Computer Aided Manufacturing Classes according to Rumbarger.
unique business resource is the CDF itself. Each year since
its founding in 1948, individual volunteers, public officials,
and community leaders have joined the business and industry
members (who now number 1,200) to lend support to accomplishing
the organization's goal of creating 1,000 new manufacturing
positions and 1,500 new service sector jobs for the people
in the Tupelo/Northeast Mississippi region.
utilize a professional staff with over 150 years of combined
economic development experience to successfully attract diversified
payrolls and jobs into our region," said Rumbarger. "And
our dedication to developing innovative programs, projects
and facilities has been rewarded by our selection three times
as one of the Top Ten Economic Development Agencies in the
nation by the Industrial Development Research Council of Atlanta,
and Site Selection magazine."
information, visit CDF's website at www.cdfms.org