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Multi-State Collaboration Aims To Bolster Four Rivers Region Economy

A new economic development collaboration of local leaders from the Four Rivers region wants to attract more businesses by working across state lines.

Officials from west Kentucky, northwest Tennessee, southeast Missouri and southern Illinois announced the creation of the Mississippi and Ohio River Confluence Economic Alliance (MORCEA) at a press event Monday in Ballard County. Leaders want to advertise the region’s significant river commerce and other resources to potential businesses, believing that pitching the entire region's industry is more attractive than the resources any one county or city could offer.

Lindsay Frilling with the Obion County Tennessee Joint Economic Development Council said the new relationships and connections this initiative could build will help make sure business opportunities stay in the region.

"If I know I have a prospect that comes to me that I can't make fit in my community, I want to pass them along to somebody else in the region so that they have a chance at recruiting a business," Frilling said.

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