Our team for economic development
The GTR LINK has brought over 5000 jobs and nearly 5 BILLION DOLLARS in economic development to the Golden Triangle area (Starkville, Columbus, West Point) in the last 12 years.
This powerhouse continues to push for our community, recently announcing the $100,000,00 expansion at Steel Dynamics. The LINK is always good for business.
Link director Joe Max Higgins often says, “Retail development is a byproduct of Industrial development.”
This quote rings true, especially in Starkville and Columbus, where we have seen millions in new retail development in recent years, including the openings of Chik-Fil-A, Buffalo Wild Wings, Lost Pizza, The Mill conference center, Hobby Lobby, Dick’s sports, Cracker Barrel, Michael’s, Ulta Beauty, Longhorn Steakhouse, as well as 7 major hotels just in the last 5 years.
National businesses are flocking to the GTR because of the hard work of the LINK, and local small business owners are the foundation the LINK was built on.