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billhonoredDecember 28--  Bill Mitchell (center) is honored by the Toombs County Board of Commissioners as he wraps up a 17-year career heading the Toombs-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce and the Toombs County Development Authority.

Mitchell says he is proud the community was able to diversify its jobs after suffering major setbacks with the departure of Oxford apparel manufacturing and the closing of Piggly Wiggly. 

He credits the recovery to cooperation between leaders in Vidalia, Lyons, Toombs and Montgomery counties.  "We convinced state economic developers we could deliver when they brought us prospects and a team approach among our local leaders made the difference," he said.

Mitchell urged continued cooperation to overcome current economic development challenges including infrastructure needs such as more natural gas distribution in the region and plentiful wastewater treatment capacity to accommodate a wide variety of industrial prospects.