In the Nation's Interest
Grenada, MS Economic Development District (EDD) Hosts Annual Meeting with CED to Support Early Child
The Grenada County Economic Development District (EDD) held its annual meeting at Grenada Upper Elementary School on October 16, 2012, an event co-sponsored by the Committee for Economic Development (CED) and the Grenada Community Foundation. Steve Renfroe, outgoing board president of Excel By 5, Inc. spoke as keynote at the event, which also included remarks from U.S. Senator Roger Wicker and written remarks from former Governor William Winter.
Josh Mattox, Chairman of the Grenada EDD, and Deborah Midanek Bailey, Chairman of the Grenada Community Foundation and CED Trustee, led the event. Chairman Mattox announced that jobs held by Grenada County citizens rose above precession levels in June of 2012.
Convening for the third year, the EDD annual meeting brings together local and state leaders to discuss the progress of economic development in Grenada. This year's meeting centered on education as a major economic development tool, with the primary focus being early childhood education. The meeting also highlighted the achievements of the prize-winning Grenada School District and brought critical needs in early education to the forefront. Some of Grenada's most distinguished achievements this year include becoming a candidate for certification as a child-centered community by Excel by 5; opening the GCF Child Care Resource and Referral Center, and more.
The Annual Meeting brought together local education professionals, as well as local business leaders.