Parker hosts Gov Phil Bryant in meeting with DeSoto mayors
Fox 13 covered the meeting Senator David Parker hosted with Governor Phil Bryant and Olive Branch Mayor, Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite and Horn Lake Mayor Alan Latimer.
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The informal meeting and luncheon with Gov. Bryant, Sen. Parker, Olive Branch Mayor Scott Phillips, Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite, and Horn Lake Mayor Alan Latimer took place at the Olive Branch Eye Care Center on Crumpler Boulevard.
The topics of discussion centered around education, attracting new jobs to North Mississippi, and development of an outlet mall in Southaven.
When asked why he paid the visit to DeSoto County, the Republican governor said Sen. Parker (R-District 19) invited him. The governor thinks highly of the new senator, who is also an optometrist. The luncheon seemed fitting to be held at the eye clinic.
“He loves DeSoto County,” the governor said of Sen. Parker. “He wrote a letter, he called, he was encouraging, and it’s his passion. He’s a small businessman and a senator, and Parker and the mayors agreed to come together.”
Gov. Bryant’s discussions with Sen. Parker and Mayor Latimer, there is talk in Horn Lake of a jobs training center being built.
“We talked to about putting together a school for workforce development using high school and community colleges and universities,” the governor said. “That’s a dynamic idea.”
In Southaven under new Mayor Musselwhite, the governor and Sen. Parker spoke about the planned outlet mall and help with attracting business there.
“The State has done things to help developments like that,” Sen. Parker said. “We help one in Pearl the last session. If the city needs our help I think the governor and myself are working hopefully to push some legislation.”
“There are many developers and businessmen and this county, and you just can’t stop a good entrepreneur,” Gov. Bryant said.
In Olive Branch new Mayor Phillips and the governor discussed new medical business setting up shop after Methodist Healthcare Hospital opened for business in August. They wouldn’t say what business it is.
“We have the opportunity to lead the healthcare industry in the Southeast here in DeSoto County,” Gov. Bryant said.
“Somewhat related to the hospital, we’ve gotten legislation through the governor’s office to attract medical developments to DeSoto County and hopefully some headquarters,” Sen. Parker added.
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