conducted by the University of Southern Mississippi's Center for
Community and Economic Development (CCED) recently played an integral
role in bringing a new major employer to the Town of Leakesville.
is the county seat of Greene County, and has a population of approximately
1,200. The town will soon be home to a new Value Line Industries
furniture manufacturing facility thanks to a team recruitment effort
in which the CCED participated.
role in helping bring Arkansas-based Value Line Industries to this
small town on the edge of the Hattiesburg trade area was providing
employment and tax revenue projections.
Mark Goodman said that showing local and state officials the potential
impact of this new employer helped them in their efforts to recruit
Value Line to the area.
able to put something together that showed them how many jobs would
be created, and that in turn allowed them to decide on the benefits
and incentives they could offer Value Line Industries to move to
Leakesville. The purpose here was to show the worth of the company
to the area."
The CCED study
projected that Value Line Industries will create approximately 125
jobs directly, and up to another 110 jobs indirectly, through its
impact on the Leakesville area and surrounding communities.
worked with local and state economic development officials in making
presentations to the company as it was being courted.
when Southern Miss is involved in a project like this, the support
services the university makes available are always appealing to
the business in question.
them when the university is behind it, because we offer so many
resources," Goodman said. "Especially since Southern Miss
tends to place as much focus as it does on economic development."
Miss resource, the Lean Enterprise Center (LEC), is also played
a role in the Value Line recruitment. Located on Southern Miss'
Gulf Park campus, the LEC specializes in Lean Manufacturing, which
is sometimes referred to as the Toyota Production System.
is an operations management strategy that strives to eliminate waste
throughout the production stream, thus reducing cost and overhead.
For the CCED,
the recent activities in Leakesville are part of a continuing focus
on providing decision-making support to economic development entities.