If Bryant had a beard and red suit, he’d be Santa Clause. He was spreading good economic cheer, just like Christmas presents, across DeSoto County Wednesday.

Bryant used a series of graphics to show where Mississippi has made great strides in job growth and quality of life.

“The narrative that you hear is what? We’re the fattest, we’re the slowest, we’ve got the worst education, the worst workforce. It seems as if people make a really good living writing bad things about Mississippi or reporting them or talking about them at the coffee shop,” Bryant said.

Bryant met with members of the DeSoto County Economic Development Council and noted the area’s residential and industrial growth in the last 30 years.

“When I first started coming to DeSoto County 30 years ago, there were a lot of houses being built and everybody was moving from Memphis and that was a good thing. Now, we’ve started getting into this whole industry of distribution centers and manufacturing,” the governor told the gathering.

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