While Mayor Braggs support for "keeping it local" seems to be supportive of the local economy, it also could be construed as politically motivated. The Mayor is not as likely to receive a campaign contribution fom Mississippi as he would be from a local firm. (He) should pay attention to what Dana Richardson is saying rather than engaging in political show boating. Lately there has been a lot of that going on especially with Ms. Scales-Harris. There are a couple of other Council members who seem to be trying to shed the "good ol boys" image that the Council had prior to the housing bust. The contractor is not going to haul equipment in from Mississipi or bus in labor, that will be subbed out to locals.
I don't agree with you, but if I did, I would still say the Mayor has a point. Unless there are no qualified local contractors to do the job, the money should stay in the city. We have a vibrant city economy because of decisions like this.
Do you think that after natural disasters that contractors who come in to take advantage of residents should be given jobs that locals can accomplish? I'm willing to bet you don't.