Who is interested in more restaurants, retailers, service providers and better paying jobs in our community?
I would guess the answer is everyone. This is what the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation, or EMBDC for short, is working behind the scenes.
EMBDC was formed in 1996 by a group of business leaders and serves the Town of Meridian, Town of Marion, County of Lauderdale and over 500 dues-paying members. It also serves as the chamber of commerce and economic development agency for Meridian County and Lauderdale.
Recently, EMBDC changed its mission statement to better reflect its overall mission. The old mission statement was “to empower a diverse leadership culture to achieve economic wealth through excellence in education, new investments and the development of existing businesses and industry”.
EMBDC’s new mission statement is “Support Growth. Connect people. Train leaders. The New Mission Statement It is simple, but even broader than the old mission statement,. and all EMBDC initiatives correspond. Everything they do falls into one of these three areas.
Since moving to Meridian in 2019, I have really enjoyed the existing hidden gems like MSU Riley Center, The Max, and Bonita Lakes Park. In addition, exciting new treasures are on the way, like the Courtyard by Marriott at the Threefoot Building, the Mississippi Children’s Museum-Meridian, and the Threefoot Brewery.
All should open this spring or early summer. I can’t tell you for sure the direct impact that EMBDC has had on these projects, but I can tell you that these are the types of projects that EMBDC promotes and wants to attract to Meridian and Lauderdale County.
While not part of their mission statement, one of the by-products of EMBDC’s success is to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Meridian and Lauderdale County. It is difficult to say that increasing the number of restaurants, retailers, service providers and higher paying jobs in our community is actually improving the quality of life in our community.
This is the goal of EMBDC.
Trustmark is proud to be a member and supporter of EMBDC. I encourage all local businesses to consider joining and supporting EMBDC as well, so they can continue to “Support Growth. Connect People.” Train leaders. here in the town of Meridian, the town of Marion and the county of Lauderdale.