Blake Wilson, the director of the Mississippi Economic Council, is about as effective a salesman for the state as you will find. He’s a true believer in Mississippi’s potential, a fact that’s more noteworthy because he’s from out of state and therefore has been able to look past the stereotypes to see what’s possible.
He was in Pike County recently, promoting the MEC’s Blueprint Mississippi to the McComb Rotary Club. Its goals are an ambitious mix of economic and cultural items that, if achieved, would put the state on track for greater prosperity, no matter what the condition of the national economy.
One of the blueprint’s nine recommendations -- the one upon which many of the other recommendations depend -- is this: “Increase the educational achievement level of Mississippians.”