On Wednesday, June 8, the Perryville Area Chamber of Commerce held a coffee and connections event at Robinson Event Center.
Crystal Jones, the executive director of the Perry County Economic Development Authority as well as Perryvile city administrator Brent Buerck were the featured speakers.
Jones, who began her role with the EDA this spring, described the function of the job.
“We work with both existing businesses and also businesses looking to locate to Perry County, just being a resource for them,” Jones said.
State agencies the EDA works with include the Missouri Department of Economic Development and Missouri Partnership. Recruitment of new business and industry plays a role.
Jones also is a member of Missouri Economic Development Council. “That’s where we get our continuing education information,” she said.
Federal partners with the Perry County EDA include the Delta Regional Authority, which is a public/private partnership which represents 252 counties and parishes across eight states along the Mississippi River Delta
“We like to stay engaged with that organization because not every county in Missouri is eligible to receive those benefits,” she said.
Jones also works with the Economic Development Administration and Small Business Development Centers. Later, she described the importance of an updated web site and social media that connects with businesses and individuals.
“There is a big push to keep it up to date and current,” Jones said.
In addition, Jones spoke of the need for long-term strategic planning, which includes tasks such as setting up goals and objectives “so we’re all rowing the boat in the same direction.”
“We’re looking at a business retention and expansion initiative, putting together a team of folks that can go to existing businesses in Perry County and just talk to them,” Jones said. “What are their pain points? What’s going well for them? What are some things the team can help them with? That sort of thing?”
Daniel Winningham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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