Industry appreciation night highlights arts in Chilton County
By Emily Etheredge
Published Wednesday, February 13, 2013
As rain heavily poured outside the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center at Jefferson State Community College Tuesday night, those inside were treated to a variety of visual arts.
The Chilton County Industrial Development Board hosted the first industry appreciation night designed for the community to say thank you to different industries in Chilton County for creating jobs and growing the economy.
The Chilton County Arts Council showcased works from the sweetheart fine art show and T.I.G.E.R. trails art show in the main lobby for guests to admire as they arrived.
Industrial Development Coordinator Fred Crawford told those in attendance that in 1986, former Mississippi Gov. William Winter chaired a committee of governors and others that looked at the need for growth in the South.
"At that time we had needs because of failures, lack of real leadership, money, jobs and education," Crawford said. "Economic development is the word that grew out of this and now economic development is bringing into Chilton County new and meaningful business and the growing of existing industry."