The economic development event is slated for 6:30 p.m. March 25 at the First United Methodist Church, Family Life Center on North Jackson Street.
“This is always one of the highlights of the year for us,” said Joyce East, CDF Executive Director. “We always have a lot of fun and we are urging our community to come out, enjoy the meal and recognize our award winners for their accomplishments.”
Dr. Allison Pearson, who holds the Jim and Julia Rouse Endowed Professorship in Management at Mississippi State University, will be the speaker. In addition to being a motivational speaker, Pearson has worked with several local businesses and industries on issues of leadership, management and technology. She is author of the recent article on developing new business ventures and forming family businesses that was published in “Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice,” the official journal of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Community awards to be presented are:
• Golden Heart Organization
• Business of The Year award
• Youth Organization award
• Spirit of Chickasaw County award
• Good Samaritan award
• Main Street Rising Star award
CDF will also conduct business that night and will formally vote on the 2014 Board of Directors. The current board is made up of Chairman John Walden, Vice-Chairman Jason Brooks, Betty Holder, Talitha Hudson, Judy McQuary, Rayburn Parks, Bob Pearson and Rex F. Sanderson.
Board members Talitha Hudson and Rayburn Parks will be rotating off the board.
Chickasaw Development Foundation members will also be updated on the details of various CDF committees and projects on the horizon.
East said the banquet is slated for about an hour and a half and will feature steak and all the trimmings. No entertainment is planned this year so as to focus on awards and community accomplishments.
“This really is the event where we highlight Houston and all that goes on around here,” said East. “It’s an banquet that brings our community together.”
Tickets to the banquet are $20 per person and a table of eight can be purchased for $150. Tickets should be purchased in advance to ensure a meal for all attendees. To reserve tickets, please call 456-2321.
The Chickasaw Development Foundation was founded in 1953, and is one of the oldest economic development organizations in Northeast Mississippi.
It has served as a catalyst for bringing about industrial growth in Houston and Chickasaw County. Although Chickasaw County ranks 53th in population among Mississippi’s 82 counties, it is 13th in manufacturing jobs.
Chickasaw County is home to the largest furniture store in the state and is home to one of the largest private furniture manufacturers in the nation.
The community manufactures a wide variety of products, such as wood products, upholstered furniture, polyfoam, cotton batting, carpet underlay, PVC pipe, wood turnings, shipping containers, specialized farming equipment, kitchen and gun cabinets and steel fabrication.