Bill Fruth’s visit last week sparked a lot of conversation, and that’s usually a good thing. Columbus and Starkville seem to both be great in growing- but in two different ways. Perhaps we can each learn something from the other.
Economically, Columbus is poised to become a “shining star of the South,” said economic development expert Bill Fruth, who noted a few caveats, some which didn’t sit well with a group assembled Wednesday at Mississippi University for Women’s Nissan Auditorium to hear him speak.
Bill Fruth is an economic forecaster, statistician and consultant, who analyzes local economies. He is in town this week talking to us about ours. His numbers tell us one thing we already know: By any measure, Joe Higgins, in his eight years as head of the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, has amassed an impressive string of economic successes.
Lowndes County has all the ingredients to achieve “dynamic growth,” according to economic development expert Bill Fruth, who spent much of Monday touring the Golden Triangle and talking with officials at the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link.