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Nash, Riggins present Zimmer plan to Slater Council

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Troy Nash, representative of Zimmer Real Estate Group, presents the new economic development plan to the Slater City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
(Kelsey Alumbaugh/Democrat-News)
Marshall-Saline Development Corporation Director Bill Riggins and Zimmer Real Estate Group representative Troy Nash presented the Zimmer economic development plan to the Slater City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The council approved the plan.

Globalization, immigration and education are all important to economic growth, according to Nash, and entrepreneurship is the key to successfully growing.

The cities that are growing are the cities embracing immigration Nash said.

"On immigration issues, I agree 100 percent," Mayor Stephen Allegri said. "But how do you embrace it? ... I've talked to Bill and Gene about this and if it wasn't for our immigrants ConAgra and Cargill probably wouldn't be here. And by embracing it does that open other industries?"

"Embrace them much like you would embrace any other person, like you would embrace your neighbor," Nash said.

English as a second language and GED programs are in the works to assist with accepting immigration, according to Riggins.

"We're a nation of immigrants and we sometimes forget that," Allegri said.

One of Nash's main points was investing in the youth of Saline County to ensure growth in the future.

"It starts with our young people and really beginning to acclimate them to the realities that we live in and that's the global economy," he said.

Councilmen Terry Jordan asked Riggins and Nash whether or not the plan had a clear vision on how to go about implementing the plan.

"For the last four years Saline County has been going down hill and my objective is to turn it around and go the other way," Riggins answered.

"That describes this council," Jordan said. "We're not just going to sit by and let our town go to pieces."

Nash mentioned trips being planned to Jefferson City and Washington D.C., for Saline County mayors, councilmen and some private sector investors.

Riggins ended the speech saying anyone looking to expand or develop in the area needs to let MSDC know as soon as possible so they can help them get tax credits.

Minutes of the Jan. 21 meeting were approved. The racial profile and goal sheets were put off until the next meeting. The Steve McQueen Car Days festival is planned for Saturday, April 27.

In addition to Allegri and Jordan, Cathie Jeffries, Jake Brumit, Brownell Bryant, Harry Lightfoot, Ron Monnig, Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith, City Attorney Pat Cronan and City Clerk Khris Gochenour were in attendance.

The board adjourned to executive session to discuss real estate matters.

Contact Kelsey Alumbaugh at kalumbaugh@marshallnews.com

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