Residents in Wiggins had an opportunity to speak directly with their representatives Tuesday. The Economic Development Program hosted a forum with Senator Tony Smith and Representative Doug McLeod to review the past year's legislative session and to hear residents’ concerns. Both representatives emphasized the importance of increased funding they worked to get for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. They say this college is the pioneer for job training and the future of our workforce on the Gulf Coast. Both also called on the Mississippi Development Authority (M.D.A.) to pay attention to south Mississippi and help promote growth here.
Smith says, “I believe we have plenty of property, we have a workforce, we have two community colleges in south Mississippi, so we can meet the need. So we're going to keep fighting for that. We're going to keep demanding that we get our name out there before those who are looking.” One business seeing big growth is the Flint Water Park, now under a five year and $5 million renovation project to become Splash Fun Water Park. Senator Smith says smaller businesses looking to grow are the ones we should be helping, especially in Stone County.