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The Quotable Joe Max Higgins

Joe Max Higgins

Colin Krieger/The Packet
Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Higgins discusses economic development at a District 1 Town Hall meeting Tuesday in Steens.

Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins is never at a loss for words. During a Steens Town Hall meeting and at the LINK Quarterly Luncheon, Higgins spoke from the heart about economic development in the Golden Triangle, the announcement of the Yokohama Tire project for Clay County and beer and Bulldogs baseball.

“Paccar is in a hiring mood. I’ve never heard of them doing that.”
Higgins on the current hiring being done at Paccar during a District 1 town hall meeting Tuesday night in Steens

“My wife told me (District 1 Supervisor and Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President) Harry (Sanders) needed to cancel this meeting ‘cause Mississippi State is playing baseball.”
Higgins on the Steens Town Hall meeting Tuesday night.

“I’ve been on the phone talking to 17 Japanese guys in a parking lot in Steens.”
Higgins discussing Yokohama Tires at the Steens Town Hall meeting

“I missed, I think, two (LINK) quarterly meetings when I was working on the Yokohama project. Some people said, ‘I heard he got fired. Where is he? Somebody said, ‘He’s in the rehab.’ Somebody else said they thought I had a lap-band put in. A whole bunch of stuff. Really, we were working on a global project of Triathlon Yokohama. I think they still think these deals are done with a little whiskey and a little cigars, a little good ol’ boys in the back room carrying on to make the deal. Now, that still may be done, but we don’t do it that way.”
Higgins on the scope of the Yokohama Tire project for Clay County

“We played for and lost $10 billion worth of projects. Now, when you back out three of it was old (John Correnti) saying you can build it anywhere but just not here, and a $450 million project that said we want you to commit you to be non-union, when you back that out, that represents almost a quarter of that $10 billion that we chose not to take.”
Higgins on the ups and downs of economic development in the Golden Triangle

“If a big deal walks in the door, there’s a damn good chance we’re gonna’ get it.”
Higgins on the success of the LINK

“We did all of the due diligence; we did the surveys, the dead indians, the ducks and bunnies. We did the cultural resources, as official name. We did the endangered species and wetlands. We did everything we needed to have done and we still had money left over.”
Higgins on preparing the West Point Megasite

“The important part is, when you don’t see an announcement, it doesn’t mean we’re back in our office popping beers, smoking a crack rock and playing solitaire on the computers. There’s a lot of behind the scenes work that has to be done on these projects.”
Higgins on the secrecy of industrial development

“When you see these guys get off a helicopter, they look just like you think they would — badass important. We couldn’t have a bunch of rubberneckers and rednecks out there looking at them.”
Higgins on Triathlon board members visiting the Golden Triangle

“It was there that I told the Chairman, ‘This was a community and a town that’s had four generations work at Sara Lee and if they only gave us a chance, we’d have four generations working at Yokohama.”
Higgins on sealing the Yokohama deal

“Im fixin’ to go to the Coast and at six o’clock, start drinking beer.”
Higgins’ closing remarks

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