Buy Local

The Golden Triangle Development LINK is focused on  the economic issues that the COVID-19 situation has, and will cause. 

One issue in particular is that of the sales tax impact to our region’s cities in Columbus, Starkville and West Point. These cities will all see tremendous dips in sales tax in the coming months. Sales tax makes up an average of 30% of the budget in these cities. 

 

Now, more than ever, we need to shop locally. 

 

Make sure you consider local options for all your purchases now and in the future. Big or small, the sales tax collected will allow our city governments to keep our communities running. A month’s worth of groceries, garden supplies, or if you’re able, larger purchases for your home can add up to a healthier economy.  Sales tax is your way as a citizen that you can ensure your community has resources to keep your quality of life as consistent as possible during these times. 

 

One of the greatest community services you can do right now is not shop around. Services that contribute to keeping our cities clean, safe and solvent will all be affected by a loss in tax revenue. 

 

Our community development organizations are working to make it simple for you to find restaurants and vendors offering safe options for pick up and delivery. Many of your local retail stores offer pick up or digital shopping options while still adhering to state executive orders. You can find links to these resources below. Please follow their social media feeds as well for additional information.

Click below for our region's community development organizations and their COVID-19 Resources:

Columbus

Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce

Columbus Convention and Visitor's Bureau

Columbus Main Street

Starkville

Greater Starkville Development Partnership

West Point

West Point Clay County Growth Alliance

Restaurant and Business Listing

Take Care. As we look beyond the crisis and towards our economic recovery, make sure you and your money Stay Home. 



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  • The PACCAR Engine Company continues to enjoy great success in hiring, training, and keeping local talent. From Assembly Operators associates, Machining Operators, to Craft Technicians, we have experienced a positive and dedicated workforce willing to learn new skills. Attracting quality new associates has not been an issue with us, but we face the same nation-wide challenges in finding associates with skilled trades. We are pleased for the results we have achieved by locating our facilities here.

    Mike Arzamendi

    Communication & Training Manager

  • This is a very business friendly area and the LINK is an excellent resource staffed with very passionate people that also know their business extremely well and they’re creative. They understand the need for speed and necessity to minimize upfront costs of building or expanding a business. As a result, GTR LINK has been very successful in bringing good manufacturing jobs to the Golden Triangle Region.

    Madhu Ranade

    General Manager and Vice President at Steel Dynamics, Inc., Columbus Flat Roll Division

  • The Golden Triangle region has offered us a very energetic workforce with a great work ethic. There has been an abundant supply of laborers and skilled candidates, all willing to learn. Through various resources in the area we have always found what we needed and our employees are dedicated to the success of our plant.

    Ray Hamer

    Human Resources Director, Steel Dynamics, Inc., Columbus Flat Roll Division

  • They’re [GTR LINK] very responsive to companies and their needs for getting questions answers and providing data and resources.

    Alan Easome

    Senior Director, New Plant Development, Yokohama Corporation of North America

  • The workforce in Mississippi is exceptional. I’ve hired many veterans that worked in aviation during their military careers and moved back home to the Golden Triangle area. Airbus was able to use their skill sets and put them to work building multi-million dollar aircraft. The training that EMCC offers was so valuable to us, because they enabled our people to be trained in a variety of disciplines. This allowed for some of our people that had no aviation skills to be trained and hired as apprentices and grew our work force development program. People drive up to 75 miles to work for Airbus, demonstrating the work ethic and commitment of the men and women who live in Mississippi. We are very grateful for the caliber of people we are able to work with.

    Rob Boman

    Head of HR, Environment, Health & Safety