Consultant: TAP project about halfway done

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

BOONEVILLE – The consulting group conducting an assessment for the TAP Alliance made a mid-project report Tuesday and expects to make a final report by the end of February.
More than 30 key stakeholders in Tishomingo, Alcorn and Prentiss counties have been interviewed, with perhaps that many more yet to be interviewed in January, said Tracy Sharp of Boyette Strategic Advisors.
The group also has conducted an online survey of anyone in the three counties who wished to respond. They received about 200 responses of about 1,000 surveys sent, a response rate of about 20 percent.
Because they’d like the response rate to be about 25 percent, Sharp said they may reopen the survey for additional time.
Among the key areas to be addressed in the findings are how the region is perceived from inside, which strengths the counties should market, what challenges need to be overcome and what kinds of jobs might best match the region’s assets.
The surveys received so far were revealing, Sharp said, reflecting a high degree of confidence in the K-12 public schools, Northeast Mississippi Community College and the quality of life, among other things.
Certainly the dominant theme of feedback was attracting jobs with better pay to bring down the high unemployment rate.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.