Potential new tri-county alliance on tap

CORINTH – Officials in Tishomingo, Alcorn and Prentiss counties appear on the verge of forming a coalition to gain an edge in economic development efforts.
Tishomingo County passed a resolution of intent on Monday to join with the other two counties to form the TAP Alliance. Alcorn County passed the same resolution two weeks ago, while Prentiss County has the matter under consideration.
Officials declined to discuss the alliance in depth.
However, the resolution passed in Alcorn County reads: “The purpose of the aforementioned Alliance is to undertake any and all projects that provide economic development benefits, including but not limited to, industry, distribution, commerce, tourism, health care and other purposes in which the public purpose and interest of the people of the state are served, and potentially, the development of a regional industrial park…”
Such a cooperative effort among Pontotoc, Union and Lee counties – the PUL Alliance – caught the attention of Toyota and eventually the area was selected as the site for a new production plant.
Among the geographic advantages in Alcorn, Prentiss and Tippah counties are U.S. Highway 45, which runs north-south through Alcorn and Prentiss counties, and U.S. Highway 72, which runs east-west through Alcorn and Tishomingo counties.
The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway has also been important to economic development recruitment.
The Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District is providing technical assistance in forming the group, said Executive Director Sharon Gardner.
“We are helping them organize it,” she said. “Right now it’s just a cooperative agreement to seek certification from the Mississippi Development Authority. Certification would allow them to work together should something come up that they need to work together on.”
Although the PUL Alliance formed with the specific goal of attracting an automotive manufacturer, this prospective Tishomingo-Alcorn-Prentiss group does not have anything specific in sight, Gardner said.

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