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Transforming Mississippi County: A Steel Industry Success Story

Economic developer Clif Chitwood and Mississippi Co. Judge John Alan Nelson discuss the growth of the steel industry in Northeast Arkansas. ( Roby Brock/YouTube )

This episode of Talk Business and Politics features a discussion on the economic revolution happening in Mississippi County, Arkansas, thanks to substantial investment in the steel industry.

Key guests include Clif Chitwood from the Great River Economic Development Foundation and Mississippi County Judge John Alan Nelson. Together, they delve into the recent $120 million investment by Zeckelman Industries to establish a new plant producing large galvanized steel pipes, a move poised to boost local employment and reduce North America's dependency on imports. They also explore the region's economic history, highlighting the strategic moves and community efforts that turned years of job losses into a booming steel industry.

Moreover, the episode discusses the role of local sales tax in funding economic development, showcasing Mississippi County as a model for leveraging public funds to attract billions in private sector investments. Future plans for sustaining growth, including quality of life improvements and housing initiatives for the burgeoning workforce, are also touched upon.

00:39 A Deep Dive into Mississippi County's Economic Miracle

01:47 The Strategic Shift to Steel and Economic Revival

04:18 Community Support and the Impact of a Sales Tax Initiative

05:28 Future Plans and Infrastructure Development

06:47 Closing Remarks and Continued Success

07:05 Sponsorship Acknowledgment and Conclusion

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