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“In some places in Mississippi, they celebrate the opening of wood product manufacturing companies. In Meridian, I hope we set the bar higher… The south has no Silicon Valley. Instead we often lose our brightest minds to what’s known as the “brain drain”… We have the resources in Meridian to create an entrepreneurial hub, as well as continuing to build on the trend of increased tourism…” (Meridian Councilman Weston Lindemann, May 4, 2018).
The SiliconSouth showcase, in November, “will be presented by Minnifield and Cynthia Skinner, both of the LeMont Scott Group; Sarah Lee of the department of computer science and engineering at MSU; and Ward 5 City Councilman Weston Lindemann“. See: “SiliconSouth Project to promote tech opportunities in Meridian” By Jim Brock, May 30, 2018, http://www.meridianstar.com/news/local_news/siliconsouth-project-to-promote-tech-opportunities-in-meridian/article_3ae2f8eb-26e8-5769-a01b-622495187321.html
Meridian City Councilman Lindemann threw his support behind David Baria for US Senate, not Howard Sherman. There’s moving and shaking going on in Meridian Mississippi, but it’s not coming from Howard Sherman, though he apparently wants everyone to think otherwise.
Excerpted from a Facebook post by Meridian Mississippi
“Councilman Weston Lindemann, May 4, 2018
In some places in Mississippi, they celebrate the opening of wood product manufacturing companies. In Meridian, I hope we set the bar higher…
The south has no Silicon Valley. Instead we often lose our brightest minds to what’s known as the “brain drain”…
We have the resources in Meridian to create an entrepreneurial hub, as well as continuing to build on the trend of increased tourism.
We have organizations in Meridian that are dedicated to building this type of an economy. Organizations like The Ladders Academy, that’s focused on teaching over a thousand kids STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), while also being mindful to include an artistic component. We have anchor institutions like MSU and MCC, that have the potential to form partnerships and really build bridges wehre there may be gaps in resources in our communities…
We consider tax breaks for hotels. These hotels already have an incentive – we have a thriving hotel market with the highest hotel occupancy rate in the state.
We consider tax breaks for industries – the same industries that pay low wages, dump hazardous waste on public land, and then make out like bandits.
We consider incentives for out of town developers, but fail to ask whether their relationship with Meridian is just purely transactional. Sure some development can bring in additional sales tax, but what’s countering the new developments’ effects on our infrastructure? Or the govenrment assistance that’s often necessary for those caught in low wage employment to maintain a decent quality of life?
We can answer the question of how to boost our ongoing and positive efforts by realizing how many resources we’re currently putting in the wrong place. If we’re ever going to be competitive in establishing ourselves as a vibrant economy and a premier location that people want to visit and move to, we can do ourselves a lot of favors by further empowering the organizations that embrace the ways of today’s economy…” https://www.facebook.com/CouncilmanLindemann/
“Three local Democrats endorse Baria for Senate” By Whitney Downard, Jun 20, 2018 http://www.meridianstar.com/news/local_news/three-local-democrats-endorse-baria-for-senate/article_6d758caf-e003-5a81-9845-9e7863aabcbb.html
“SiliconSouth Project to promote tech opportunities in Meridian”
By Jim Brock, May 30, 2018, http://www.meridianstar.com/news/local_news/siliconsouth-project-to-promote-tech-opportunities-in-meridian/article_3ae2f8eb-26e8-5769-a01b-622495187321.html
As pointed out by Councilman Lindemann, the old way of government subsidies, hasn’t worked. However, it’s still the model being followed by Mississippi Governor Bryant, Trump, candidate Howard Sherman, and others.
Mississippi Governor Bryant has gone so far as to push for nuclear reprocessing-nuclear waste storage by French government owned Areva: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/mississippi-public-service-commission-opposes-nuclear-dump-in-mississippi-2/
See Councilman Lindemann’s original Facebook post here: https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1133880160087201&id=862061853935701