- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is telling business people to “accentuate the positives while accepting reality and working to make things better.”

The Commercial Appeal reports (https://bit.ly/1wi5WUM ) Bryant used a luncheon speech Wednesday in Southaven to boast about the state’s success in attracting jobs.

The Republican governor, who is seeking a second term in 2015, says Mississippi had a gross domestic product of $100 billion in 2012 and has been praised as a good place to practice medicine.

Despite that, Bryant says: “The narrative you hear is that we’re the fattest, we’re the slowest, we’ve got the worst education and the worst workforce.”

He says he disagrees with the negative assessments.

Jim Flanagan, president of the DeSoto County Economic Development Council, says the area is seeing steady job growth.


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