EDITORIAL: Talent and Teamwork

By FLOYD INGRAM/THE PRESS REGISTER,

Nothing grand in this world happens without people having a eureka moment and then swinging into action to make that vision become reality.

That happened just a few short weeks ago in Clarksdale when leaders at PeopleShores heard of the telephone log-jam at the Mississippi Department of Employment Security as they tried to process close to a quarter-of-a-million jobless claims prompted by the COVID-19 shutdown.

And the grand ideas in this world, no matter how true and needed, are often stymied when that idea doesn’t have the friends, partners and allies needed to jump those hurdles found along the road to success.

That also happened a few short weeks ago when leaders at PeopleShores reached out to the Clarksdale Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Authority, Horne CPA, Automation Anywhere and Gov. Tate Reeves to see if they could find a solution to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security problem.

And Clarksdale has reaped the benefit of 70 new jobs.

We are growing in a time and place where many communities are slowing dying.

It’s time to realize our community is rapidly becoming the Delta’s shining star.

Coahoma County and Clarksdale are fortunate to have welcomed two new companies -- PeopleShores and Image Manufacturing -- to our community. We have seen an expansion at MAP Easton and Saf-T-Cart. Combined these project have brought over 300 new jobs to the county. PeopleShores has also partnered with Automation Anywhere and Horne CPA to grow and expand their services and their reach.

This newspaper is not naive enough to say things are booming, but they are looking up.

Sadly, the last people to realize what is happening will be local residents. Now is the time to look around get involved and catch the excitement.

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