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CRAWFORD â€” The towns of Artesia and Crawford are undergoing a quiet yet substantial transformation.
At a joint Town Hall meeting Tuesday, the towns will release the strategic plan for their respective communities.
The plans â€“ funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission and Lowndes County Board of SupervisorsÂ â€“ represent six months of civic involvement and in-depth analysis of community and economic development challenges and emerging issues confronting the towns.
â€śWe have developed plans that consensus of our citizens feel will restore our towns to prosperity and make them a better place to live and attract new residentsâ€ť said Jimmy Sanders, Artesiaâ€™s mayor.
â€śBoth of our towns are ideally located on Highway 45, and have unlimited potential,â€ť says Mayor Fred Talon of Crawford.
â€śOur community development efforts are pragmatic and practical for small rural towns to Address quality of life and livability issues â€“ prepare our citizens for the good jobs in the region, strong local government, excellent community amenities, a safe appealing environment and restoration of our downtowns,â€ť Talon said.
â€śThe towns are made up of proud hardworking people. The majority of them drive to Starkville, Columbus, and Meridian to work. Some are employed in low-skill and low-wage jobs. We want them to earn more and come home to good housing and a place to buy the basics to provide the evening meals,â€ť Sanders and Talon agreed.
â€śThatâ€™s why we were adamant with completing the strategic plans.â€ť
The public, state, county and federal officials are invited to the meeting to release the plans Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Village Life Center located at 806 Tarlton Road, Crawford.
For information or directions call (662) 212-5104 or (662) 272-5164.