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Mobility message: Getting education vital for moving up

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:16 -- tbrantley

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo, Miss., May 28, 2015--The American Dream is more difficult to attain in the South than in any region of the country, a keynote speaker told leaders from throughout Northeast Mississippi on Wednesday.

That’s why it is critical for the region to focus on increasing its number of students who earn two- and four-year college degrees, David Dodson said during the annual State of the Region meeting at the BancorpSouth Conference Center.

In its 20th year, the meeting provides an opportunity for community leaders, economic developers, city and county officials and others to hear ideas that can make the 17-county area stronger. It is an outlet of the CREATE Foundation’s Commission on the Future of Northeast Mississippi...

Dodson spoke of the need to better connect those who grow up in Northeast Mississippi to the region’s high-wage jobs. That is the key to economic mobility, said the president of MDC, a North Carolina-based nonprofit that focuses on reducing poverty and expanding opportunity.

“What the American Dream means to most of us is where you are born shouldn’t determine where you end up,” he said. “We need to make sure every young person who grows up in Northeast Mississippi has the opportunity to rise up as quickly as they can.”