Editor's Note: This article is being published so that our readers understand that the Daily Times Leader is well aware of the reports regarding a supposed industrial project in Clay County. We want you to know that we are working diligently to bring you the latest and most factual information available. Unfortunately, at this stage of what Gov. Phil Bryant called "the process" on Monday, there are few, if any, details available from those closest to Clay County's economic development team. Some of this report contains editorial content by Managing Editor Bryan Davis.
Gov. Phil Bryant spoke publicly for the first time on Monday in reference to reports that surfaced during the middle of last week which stated that a special legislative session may soon be called that involves a potential industrial project in Clay County.
“There's a lot of moving parts in being able to work with an international corporation, working with all members of the Legislature and getting things in line,” Bryant said in Oxford on Monday. “But we're beginning that process right now.”
Bryant's comments have set off a firestorm of speculation throughout the state about the prospective project.
Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins said on Tuesday that he could not comment on the reports.
“I am bound by confidentiality agreements, so I cannot talk about any projects until I am authorized to do so by the company.”
Bryant made reference to “our automotive corridor” when speaking on Monday about the apparent upcoming session, but the Daily Times Leader will not speculate on the project.
It is our responsibility to bring to our community the most up-to-date and most factual information available.
While we realize that our community is excited to hear of the prospect of new jobs to the area, we want to make certain that our readers know exactly what is coming, if and when a project is announced.
Because those who are closest to any economic development project are bound by confidentiality agreements, there is not much valid and substantive information we can bring you at this time other than what Gov. Bryant said on Monday.
When the session is called, we will report the date of the session, and we will be on site at the capitol delivering live updates from the session to give as much factual information as possible to our readers.