UPDATE: Economist links education to state’s fiscal well-being

By NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – A state economist said today that Mississippi’s economic development depends on education.

Darrin Webb, senior economist for the state Institution of Higher Learning, made the comments at this morning’s State of the Region annual meeting.

“Education is the main obstacle to economic growth,” Webb said after showing statistics that placed Northeast Mississippi below national and state averages in high school and college attainment rates.

Scheduled to speak later were Dr. Dan Jones, chancellor of the University of Mississippi, and Dr. Mark Keenum, president of Mississippi State University.

Also on the agenda was a session on early childhood education.

Check back for updates, and read more in Friday’s Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.