Bryant started his talk to a well-populated group of business leaders at the Landers Center by noting the surge in population that has brought Southaven to become the third-largest city in the state of Mississippi.

“If you look at a state of three-million people, that’s quite an accomplishment for what used to be a small suburb of Memphis,” Bryant said. “You’re doing very good, Southaven, you ought to be proud of yourself.”

He then expressed his interest to be on hand in November when the Tanger Outlets mall in Southaven officially opens and adds as many as 1,000 jobs to the local workforce.

But, Bryant went on to talk about the state’s successes in job growth and education during his term as governor. He said the state of Mississippi has become one of the top job-producing states in the nation during his term in office, having added about 35,400 new jobs.

He touted his decision as lieutenant governor to ask the Legislature to add to the state’s ‘rainy day fund’ during the midst of the recession of 2008 and 2009.

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