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Old 03-30-2014, 11:49 AM
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I have an idea, or perhaps more like a vision, for Mississippi to have its own version of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill and the R-D Research Park there in NC.

The idea would be to build pristine 6-lane, sleek, landscaped interstates (akin to say, Germany) connecting Oxford, Starkville and Tupelo into a triangle. Build Mississippi's version of MIT in the Tupelo area and add similar MIT-style honors colleges on the campuses of Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

And in the middle of the triangle, somewhere perhaps around Houston, MS, build a corporate Research Park and airport serving all three cities with connections via the sleek interstates (about 40 minutes to each city) or perhaps German-style high-speed trains.

With so much green space amid hills, farms, and forests, no crowding, no traffic and no crime, with top universities in all directions and with top of the line transportation, this region could be a mini-Germany. Modern and sophisticated with strong business and education sectors, but also clean, green, and pristine.

There would be endless opportunities to build lakes and lakeside homes, bike trails amid the national forests and linear bike trails connecting the cities (one already exists, brand-new, from New Albany to Houston, MS) and they would enjoy a mild, 4-season climate with bright fall colors, crisp, mild winters, and sunny, warm springtime. And for gardeners and farmers, there is an endless supply of fertile land, particularly in the Northeast Mississippi prairie and long river bottoms.

I had a similar vision for south Mississippi, forming a triangle connecting Hattiesburg, Pearl River County (just outside New Orleans suburbs) and Biloxi-Gulfport. So what's stopping us?
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:45 AM
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Great idea!

Obviously, the two biggest stumbling blocks would be money and getting everyone on one page. The money aspect is self-explanatory (especially in the poorest state in the nation); however, this would be easier to overcome than the second issue. As most residents know, race weighs into everything, “why are the HBCUs being excluded,” would be the cry. Also getting support from lawmakers from around the state would be difficult. The common theme would be, "what about my area?" Don't forget the beef plant fiasco is still fresh in lawmaker’s and voter's minds.
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