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Local official suggests outsourcing county's economic development

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

BENTON -- A local chamber of commerce director has a solution to Scott County not being able to afford an in-house economic developer: outsource.

Missy Marshall, executive director for Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce, proposed during the regular County Commission meeting Tuesday that she handle the county's economic development.

"I came to talk to you about your thoughts on economic development for the county," Marshall said. The county's former county developer, Joel Evans, resigned in December to take another position.

When speaking to company officials seeking a location for their business, Marshall said she would like to be able to say "I'm representing the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce -- and I'm representing Scott County."

Marshall said she can provide the county with a range of services including "having a presence at very specific trade shows" as well as "very focused marketing" and "an electronic presence."

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