Tupelo officials announced last week a public-private partnership designed to inject additional commercial activity and entice new jobs into the downtown Fairpark District.
Local government reporter Caleb Bedillion and business editor Dennis Seid (6:27) join Derek and Brad on today’s episode to discuss the Fairpark announcement and two other new developments. On Monday, the Tupelo Planning Committee approved a subdivision in historic Mill Village, as well as a senior living community that would anchor a $50 million development on North Gloster.
Also on today’s episode, Daily Journal Capitol Bureau chief Bobby Harrison (22:55) speculates about the political future for State Sen. Chris McDaniel, who nearly upset the iconic Thad Cochran in 2014 for a U.S. Senate seat.
McDaniel recently told Bobby that the two races he’s watching most closely are the 2018 U.S. Senate race and the 2019 Lieutenant Governor contest. That U.S. Senate race would pit him against Tupelo’s Roger Wicker.
And education reporter Emma Kent (30:28) talks about the impact of school construction projects on the local economy. Both the Lee County and Tupelo school districts have passed significant bond issues since 2013 and used the funds to make major additions and improvements on their school campuses.
Those improvements have pumped nearly $40 million into the local economy and employed hundreds of local residents, in addition to more intangible benefits to the schools and community.