From Press Reports
The Mississippi Technology Alliance and the Appalachian Regional Commission have recognized Belinda Stewart of Belinda Stewart Architects, PA in Eupora as an innovator in the Golden Triangle region. The Golden Triangle Regional Innovation Cluster, held April 19 at the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District office in Starkville, honored five small businesses located in Choctaw, Clay, Noxubee, Webster and Winston counties, and included a luncheon presentation and a panel discussion with the honored companies. Part of a yearlong project funded by the MTA and ARC, the purpose of the Regional Innovation Cluster project is to serve as a catalyst for increasing job creation with high-wage potential in distressed rural communities. This project has been accomplished over the past 10 months through a process of bringing government, academic and private sector leaders within the Golden Triangle region together to focus on innovation-led economic development. These strategic partners are collaborating to strengthen the regions’ assets within technology/research, entrepreneurship/business assistance, capital and human resources. Belinda Stewart Architects is a small architectural firm focused on historic preservation and new construction. It believes that good design can have a positive effect on communities and in people’s lives. The firm offers services in architectural design, community design and assistance, grant writing, construction administration and historic preservation. The Appalachian Regional Commission is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state and local government. Each year, ARC provides funding for hundreds of projects in the Appalachian Region, in areas such as business development, education and job training, telecommunications, infrastructure, community development, housing and transportation. The Mississippi Technology Alliance is a nonprofit organization with the mission to drive innovation and technology-based economic development for the state of Mississippi.