Natchez Democrat – Natchez and Vidalia both have strengths that could further economic development in the region, one of them being a unique creative economy with filmmakers, artists, novelists and musicians, an economic development consultant told community leaders Thursday.

More than 100 Miss-Lou community stakeholders gathered at the Natchez Convention Center on Thursday for the unveiling of an economic development assessment of the region with Natchez Inc.

In September, Natchez Inc., which celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year, hired VisionFirst Advisors — an economic development consulting company with centers in Florida and Jackson — to perform their assessment and help create a community strategy and plan of ac on to drive economic development forward for the next decade. Read more.