Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon spoke to the Greenville Kiwanis Club about the state of the city.
The mayor says he is optimistic about plans in the works for Greenville. Wintzell's and Ozark materials are creating new jobs for the city. He says a key factor for the city is workforce development starting in the school system.
Butler County Schools have received nearly $500,000 in grant money to start a workforce training program. The grant gives students the opportunity to get certifications in industrial maintenance and health sciences to prepare them for the workforce right out of high school.
McLendon says, "We not only work with the school system, we work with the plants, surrounding plants, finding out what their needs are. What do they need these 10th, 11th, and 12th graders to learn where they'll be able to go out and get a job in the 12th grade? Not stand on the corner, but get a job."
McLendon also says the city is in the process of raising $60,000 for the Greenville YMCA for scholarships for kids who he says need to be a part of the organization.