Reeves added that it’s also because the community college works with the county and area to ensure that if a business locates here, that business can and will have an adequate workforce.
“We’re fortunate now because we’re (several) years into this, and we actually have proof,” he said. “We don’t have to sell it. It sells itself.”
While Reeves did not mention the project by name, state funding secured by EMCC will be poured into a new workforce training facility that has been labeled Communiversity.
He added that the state has worked to cut taxes, namely the state’s inventory tax. None of the states surrounding Mississippi had such a tax, making the state less competitive in luring business, he said.
“Our number one priority must be job creation, creating better and higher paying jobs to our state,” Reeves said. “We have a political philosophy that government does not create jobs. Government’s role is to create an environment which encourages the private sector to invest capital and create jobs. Businesses view taxes as nothing more than a cost of doing business, and we want our cost of doing business to be as competitive in Mississippi as it is anywhere else.”