It has now been 10 years since Toyota executives announced they would begin producing cars at a plant in Blue Springs in Union County.
Daily Journal business editor Dennis Seid (9:40) has covered the company’s presence in Northeast Mississippi since the beginning and recently completed an extensive special commemorative section that published on Sunday. He joins Derek and Brad on today’s episode to discuss the impact of Toyota’s arrival.
Dennis talks about the efforts to attract the company to the region, the role played by local community colleges in training Toyota’s workforce and the impact on the region’s economy. He also discusses Toyota’s effect on several Northeast Mississippi communities, its philanthropic efforts and the delay that kept the company from starting production until the fall of 2011. For more Toyota coverage, be sure to read Sunday’s special section.
Also on today’s episode, Capitol Bureau chief Bobby Harrison (34:25) has an update from the Mississippi Legislature after another deadline day killed many bills on Tuesday and advanced multiple others. Bobby discusses bills that would consolidate the school districts in Chickasaw County, remove civil service protection for state employees, tax internet purchases and repair roads and bridges.