Power South Holds Economic Development Seminar

This morning an economic development seminar was held at Troy Dothan thanks to power south. The purpose of the seminar is to aid community leaders, elected officials and economic development directors in their business development and economic development initiatives.

Area business leaders were sharpening up their economic plans Wednesday morning.

Power south has a large interest in helping Alabama’s business population grow.

"We collaborate with other utilities as well as the Alabama Development Office, the economic development partnership in Alabama, and state universities" says Taylor Williams, a Power South Economic Development Representative.

Those in attendance learned about the importance of marketing their towns, cities and counties through website design and grouping a 9 county area together.

“It is vitally important to share our resources together. Not only infrastructure for telecom but when a business looks at an area, not only Dothan but the region is stronger as a whole" said Jeff Coleman of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce.

Alabama House Speaker Seth Hammett attended the seminar and has supported electronic bingo as a way of economic growth.

He is disappointed that the legislature could not finish the bingo battle.

"Unfortunately it did not pass the legislature because there were not sufficient votes in the Alabama house to pass it; we needed 63 of the 104 current members of the house. It did not happen and I think it’s unfortunate because the people had the right to make that determination" said Rep. Seth Hammett (D) Alabama House Speaker.

Experts say country crossing was supposed to have large economic impact on Houston County and now it’s up to the Alabama Supreme Court to decide if electronic bingo is constitutional.

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