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    PerryNext to host panel discussion addressing issues in pork industry, community on May 22


    23 days ago

    PerryNext, a collaborative effort comprised of city, county, and state officials, local businesses and community leaders, is set to host a panel discussion at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22 at La Poste, 1219 Warford St., Perry. This event is open to the public and will share insights on economic impact and community support.

    The panel will be moderated by Dr. Tom Burkgren, Perry leader and subject matter expert in agricultural economics and community development. This discussion will focus on the following key topics:

    • Pork Industry Update: Current trends, challenges, and opportunities within the pork industry.
    • PerryNext Response: Insights into the creation of PerryNext and their proactive response to the recent Tyson closure announcement and its impact on local businesses and stakeholders.
    • Addressing Workforce Issues: What strategies and initiatives are deployed and aimed at addressing workforce challenges and fostering opportunities for retention.
    • Community Resources: Highlighting available resources and support to those impacted by the Tyson closure.
    • Business Attraction and Marketing Efforts: Discussion on state and local-level initiatives to attract investment, promote economic growth, and effectively market the community's available sites for industry.

    "PerryNext’s mission is to effectively mitigate the damage anticipated due to the closure of Tyson. The leaders in this community are optimistic that there is opportunity for growth and our goal is to show anyone following our story that we are open for business," said Mayor Dirk Cavanaugh. "This event serves as a platform for meaningful dialogue and collective action towards creating a plan for repair and recovery, building a stronger, more resilient community."

    The event is open to all interested individuals, including industry stakeholders, policymakers, business owners and community members.

    Join PerryNext on May 22 for an engaging discussion and contribute to the progress and prosperity set to take place in Perry.

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