By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday in Corinth said Northeast Mississippi is the “growth corridor for the entire state” during a ceremony for a local company that provides 300 jobs.
Bryant made the remarks during the ribbon cutting for Avectus Healthcare Solutions, which recently moved into a county-owned building that underwent a major renovation in downtown Corinth.
“It is great to have a service industry like Avectus that provides these high-quality jobs in Corinth, Mississippi,” Bryant told the crowd in the company’s courtyard.
Avectus works for hospitals and helps patients coordinate their medical benefits, said Operations Manager Chip Wood.
The governor said healthcare is an “industry of necessity” and that Avectus’ role of helping hospitals is “vitally important.”
“It is important to me because there are 300 Mississippians working here,” he said.
Thanks to companies like Avectus, Mississippi has its lowest unemployment rate since 1976, Bryant said.
“If you want a job in Northeast Mississippi you’re going to find one,” he said.
Avectus President Tim Smith said this was an exciting day for the company and the community and that he appreciates everyone working together to make this project happen.
“This is a community effort,” said Smith, who also thanked Avectus employees and management.
“These are the people who make it happen every day,” Smith said. “I’m just fortunate enough to get to come to work with them each day.”
Avectus joined a larger company called Bolder, which has resulted in the creation of even more jobs, Smith said.
The 300 people who work at Avectus can raise a family and be part of the community, he noted.
The Avectus story is a hometown success and “indicative of what a great place Alcorn County is to do business,” said Clayton Stanley, president and CEO of The Alliance.
Corinth offers a great quality of life as well as strong healthcare and education, Stanley added.
Stanley praised Smith for being the “the entrepreneur who made this happen.”
Smith’s “business savvy, determination, hard work” and passion for Corinth “made this wonderful building and the hundreds of jobs housed in it a reality,” Stanley said. “I want to say thank you on behalf of the community. We’re proud of you.”
The Mississippi Development Authority, Appalachian Regional Commission, the Corinth mayor and Board of Aldermen, the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors and local state legislators were also praised for their efforts in making the Avectus project happen.