Despite a national economy that is still lagging, Tunica County has reason for optimism as the year 2011 opens.
The local casino and tourism industry has taken its licks, certainly, but all nine casino resorts have the doors open and a new development on the site of the former Isle of Capri is moving ahead, according to principals. Construction has begun on the Gateway to the Blues Museum and Visitors Center, and airport traffic is holding steady.
Anyone who has traveled up Highway 61 in recent weeks must surely be encouraged by the sight of Schulz’s huge facility rising to the east. The massive structure is on target to begin manufacturing in the first half of the coming year, with hiring beginning as promised, first in maintenance and more to come in all facets of the operation.
Another encouraging sign is the opening of a local office by GreenTech Automotive. GreenTech inked a deal to lease a temporary manufacturing site in DeSoto County, but its plans to build a permanent home here are still viable.
Tunica’s new year will indeed bear watching.