Leading public figures from throughout the county reconvened in a special called meeting by the Lawrence County Industrial Development Board Tuesday to set plans in motion following an economic development workshop the same group attended last month.

The special meeting is the fourth such meeting called since IDB President and CEO Tabitha Pace began organizing them earlier this year. Pace’s goal concerns unifying the county, setting and working towards goals for economic and industrial growth, and improving quality of life within the county.

Community leaders who attended the third meeting last month met with TVA Economic Development Consultant Katrina Smith.

The meeting allowed attendees an opportunity to define the community’s goals, which included topics like bringing high speed internet to residents in the county, promoting tourism by adding hotels and public event space, enhancing community involvement by conducting more public meetings, creating more industrial sites and better housing or real estate opportunities, increasing revenue opportunities, and getting more county students ready to join the workforce.

In Tuesday’s meeting, leaders revisited their defined goals and discussed ways of achieving them in the near future.

“There is a renewed energy in our county, and I hope (our leaders) will continue in the process to make our community more livable, more marketable and more successful,” Pace said.

Pace intends to host regular Community Leaders Meetings regularly each month to continue encouraging economic growth within Lawrence County.

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