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Mississippi leaders gather at economic forum

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SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - Political leaders met with constituents Thursday to answer questions about the ongoing economic crisis at the national and local level.

For the first time, an economic forum was held by the Southaven Chamber.  The idea was to give residents a chance to hear about the future of the city ,and a get a national economic perspective from local politicians.

"The city's got a lot of debt right now, and with the economic condition, what is the city planning on doing to reduce that debt, and where do we see the city going?" the Chamber's Executive Director, Ginger Adams, asked.

Politicians on hand included Mayor Greg Davis and Alderman At Large candidates Greg Guy and Oaty Hart.

Issues discussed ranged from public safety to economic development to unemployment.

Childers and Davis were bitter rivals in the recent First Congressional race, but Thursday looked to the future of north Mississippi and Southaven.

"We supported American Recovery Act," Childers said. "Quite frankly, the thing that pushed me across the edge was the fact that 20 of 24 counties I represent in the month of February had double digit unemployment."

Davis' concern wasn't just for his economy, but the safety of the citizens, by adding police officers.

"We want to make sure our ratio of citizens versus police officers stays very low, so that we can patrol and keep our citizens safe and our businesses safe," he said.

Congressman Childers said he is hopeful for the economic future of north Mississippi, and is ready to put his constituents back to work.

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