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Old 09-24-2017, 10:04 AM
 
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Which states and/or cities in the USA would you consider as having solid potential to grow a thriving economy, but are overlooked behind the likes of California, New York etc? And what are the reasons for being overlooked?
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Old 09-24-2017, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Jackson, Mississippi
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Which states and/or cities in the USA would you consider as having solid potential to grow a thriving economy, but are overlooked behind the likes of California, New York etc? And what are the reasons for being overlooked?
Definitely Mississippi, and the city limits of Jackson. Other than the fact that we have Car tags fees, higher than average states sales taxes, and the fact that we have ad valorem property taxes administered locally rather than uniformly at the state level, we have reasonable taxes.

We have very mild winters, with only occasional hard freezes, which makes it easier as a state to grow old in.

We have five national forests, national wildlife refuges or other federal nature reserves, 1 National Seashore (Ship Island, Cat Island, Horn Island, Petit Bois Island, anyone?) 5 other units of the National Park System (Natchez National Historical Park, Natchez Trace Parkway and National Scenic Trail, Brice Crossroads National Battlefield Site, Vicksburg National Military Park, and Tupelo National Battlefield), and a plethora of wonderful state parks. Also, plenty of rivers and creeks for tubing down with boat ramps along the way. Easy two or three hour drive to the next best beach if you don't like the Mississippi beaches from the Mississippi Coast. Obviously we have plenty of outdoor options for most people.

There is New Orleans just three hours from the capitol and less than an hour from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Memphis within 3 hours of at least half of the state. Atlanta and the busiest airport in the world in easily four and a half hours. Nashville 6 hours from Jackson. Dallas 5-6 hours, Houston six hours away. Obviously great potential for a logistical center for the South Central United States.

Cost of living and doing business is 82% that of the National average, which means we have the lowest costs on everything. Definite plus!

There is plenty of good state and federal roadway infrastructure in Mississippi, with Highway 49 that goes from the Delta to Gulfport going straight through Jackson, as well as I-20, I-55, and around Jackson being I-220. Several great state roads surround Jackson, and the ones that go through it are generally in good condition. We also don't have to deal with snow or ice conditions on the road, practically ever.

We have an international airport with flights that connect to all corners of the globe, with direct flights to Houston Intercontinental, Chicago-O'Hare International, Charlotte-Douglas International, Atlanta-Hartsfield-Jackson International, Washington-Reagan National, and Dallas-Fort Worth International.

The list just goes on and on with all of the good reasons about Mississippi.

Here's some of the reasons that I think Mississippi gets overlooked.

1. People think that being somewhere that has itself in the news as being labeled "poor" or "uneducated" generally turns off the rich elites of the east or west coast who watch those news shows or read those newspapers where they get those stereotypes about the state as a whole.

2. The news media always overshadows the strides The South, African Americans, and Mississippi, as a whole have overcome the struggle for civil rights and poverty and the fact that all Mississippians are living in a better time to live in than it ever was before the 1970s and that all aspects of life with the exception of employment (the exception of employment due to offshoring of most large industry) has totally improved since the 1970s with continued agenda-based reporting overplaying Mississippi's racist history, its involvement during the Civil War on the side of the Confederate States, The violence against African Americans between the Civil war and the 1970s, and so on.

3. The fact that Jackson isn't a metro area of 1,000,000 or more people means that skilled workers are sucked from Jackson to metros well over 1,000,000 people if they want to work for a large corporation or industry as a skilled, educated worker, and that corporations that suck skilled workers from smaller, more rural areas won't relocate in Jackson.

4. The fact that we have a fossil of a flag in a conservative legislature that's never going to agree to change it due to the arguement of "Heritage" drive away a certain group of people in the business community, particularly people from the East and West Coasts.

Too many other reasons to list why is it is very underrated.

If a large corporation like Amazon would build something like HQ2 in Mississippi (If we could find the space to put that thing), and if more progressive policies would be put in place like full medical and full recreational marijuana legalization, raising taxes on gasoline for cars and use it to maintain existing roads rather than building whole new ones altogether, changing the state flag, and changing the state procurement laws for contracts, as well as move the economic development focus away from subsidizing new manufacturing sites for large scale corporations and power sites for utilities companies and towards incentivizing and rewarding small-business and developing a strong tourism economy and infrastructure, Mississippi WILL grow.

You should check out the "public policies to improve Mississippi" thread I started on the Mississippi forum, in case you are curious as to what I think should be done to get Mississippi on a better track.
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Old 09-25-2017, 06:30 AM
 
Location: ATLANTA
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Macon, GA. is my Big one... Location, Location, Location, not to mention Infrastructure.. It's a Mid sized city with 3 Major Freeways in the Center of Georgia. Not to mention it's the only 2nd Tier Georgia City that has it's Downtown on an Interstate Hwy. Macon biggest problem in its past has been old time politics and those running it but I can honestly say I see positive change in the City since Consolidation. Think the city of around 155,000 is finally starting to make that positive turn!
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Old 09-25-2017, 06:52 AM
 
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If a large corporation like Amazon would build something like HQ2 in Mississippi (If we could find the space to put that thing), and if more progressive policies would be put in place like full medical and full recreational marijuana legalization, raising taxes on gasoline for cars and use it to maintain existing roads rather than building whole new ones altogether, changing the state flag, and changing the state procurement laws for contracts, as well as move the economic development focus away from subsidizing new manufacturing sites for large scale corporations and power sites for utilities companies and towards incentivizing and rewarding small-business and developing a strong tourism economy and infrastructure, Mississippi WILL grow.
I could probably live 10 lifetimes and all of those things wouldn't have happened. HQ2?????
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Old 09-25-2017, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Terramaria
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Missouri in general, including Kansas City and St. Louis. You can fly almost anywhere in the continental US and reach most of Canada in three hours, is situated with good rail and river infrastructure for cargo/freight transport, has a moderate four seasons climate, has relatively rugged terrain in the southern part of the state, is in the heart of the agricultural breadbasket. Best of all, it has a relatively low cost of living and the taxes are very reasonable.

Of course, it's overlooked due to being right in the middle of the country meaning the lack of a coast or Great Lake, a climate that will turn some off (though in reality, it isn't much different than the mid-Atlantic states). But you can ski at Snow Creek if you don't want to take the short flight over to Colorado!
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