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Perryville shows promisePosted Thursday, April 8, 2010, at 4:05 PM
Last night I attended a public forum to discuss the economic benefits and environmental impacts of a new power plant in the Perryville Industrial Park.
It was my second trip up I-55 to Perryville since I started this job just about a month ago to report on a project that will bring new jobs to Perry County.
I also recently wrote about Gilster-Mary Lee constructing a new warehouse facility and adding two more cereal production lines along with about 50 new jobs.
It seems Perry County is fairing better than many areas as Missouri and the nation as we all try to dig our way out of this recession.
Perry County's unemployment rate at 7.7 percent in February is, lower than the state rate at 9.4 percent and the national average of 9.7 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
What's their secret to success? I'll be looking into it, so watch for a story in the next week or so.
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Melissa Miller is business editor at The Southeast Missourian. A graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School, she's worked as a reporter, photographer, editor and as the executive director of two not-for-profit organizations. After living in Michigan and then Indiana, she moved back to her hometown of Jackson, Mo. In addition to writing daily stories for The Southeast Missourian, Melissa coordinates editorial content each month for Business Today. Business Today is a monthly publication for southeast Missouri's business community. Monthly themes include health care, agriculture, women in business, technology and more. Business Today is direct mailed to business owner and managers throughout southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. Follow her updates on local business developments at www.twitter.com/semissourianbiz or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MelissaMillerSoutheastMissourian