Osceola attracting new businesses, more jobs possible

OSCEOLA, AR (KAIT) – As the Black River Steel Mill and Oil Terminal are set to be built in Osceola, they're bringing with them several new jobs to Mississippi County.

"These jobs will be such a God sent. I thank God that he has blessed North East Arkansas with these jobs that will enable the hard working, good people of this area," said Osceola Mayor Dickie Kennemore.

The idea of bringing in new jobs to the area was not an overnight sensation. The Mayor said it's been a work in progress for over a decade.

"We started probably 10 or 15 years ago. The county came together and we formed the Mississippi County Economic Development Association," said Kennemore.

He's hopeful that as these new projects will bring what he says is the American dream, Osceola will finally have what it needs to prosper and grow.

"Make enough of a living to be able to send their kids to college, drive new cars, to live in a decent house and do the things that we all want to do for our family," said Kennemore.

He says they have already started to help those in the community to assure that when those jobs are available, the town will be ready.

"We are putting out an effort in Mississippi County to train unemployed citizens we have and get them ready for this influx of jobs," said Kennemore.

Businesses in town are looking forward for what's to come of these new projects.

"Well there's going to be a lot more people in town which is going to help me in particular in the restaurant business and its going to help all of our local businesses," said Owner of Sandbar Grille Harry Keatts.

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