Newly Weds Food partners with NTCC

Newly Weds Food and Northeast Texas Community College have partnered together for job-training.  The job-training will be provided due to a $170,267 Skills Development Fund grant that was approved by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will be used for specialized training that will benefit workers in the Northeast Texas area. Training is a priority at Newly Weds Foods and it shows. When the Newly Weds facility was initially built in Mount Pleasant, a room was already designated specifically for employee training.

NTCC has greatly expanded its job training capacity over the past eight years with the development of the Industrial Technology Training Center (ITTC).  Today over 200 persons are receiving advanced training in a wide range of industrial fields of study.   The ITTC is a cooperative effort between NTCC, MPEDC and the Mount Pleasant ISD.

To learn more about the Newly Weds Food and NTCC partnership, visit TWC

MPEDC Welcomes New Board Member

Press Release

Release Date:   November 2, 2016


The Mount Pleasant City Council appointed a new member, Jason Snodgrass, to the Mount Pleasant Economic Development Corporation Board. Members of the Board are appointed by the City Council and serve a term of two years. Council may, at their pleasure, reappoint Board Members for successive terms.

Jason Snodgrass, co-owner of Stansell’s City Cleaners, had a background in banking before purchasing the Cleaners. He has served on the Board of the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce and served as Chairman of that Board in 2012. Jason has also served on the Board of the Mount Pleasant Rodeo Association since 2013 and currently serves as President. Jason and his wife, Marie, have three children and live in the Hearts Bluff area. They are members of Northridge Church of Christ where Jason serves as a Deacon.

MPEDC Partners with Retail Coach

(Tupelo, Miss.) — Mount Pleasant is looking to expand their retail by partnering with The Retail Coach, the nation’s leading retail recruitment firm. Centrally located in the heart of Northeast Texas, along primary transportation routes, Mount Pleasant is home to a variety of manufacturing facilities, as well as diverse shopping and culinary options. More than 32,000 residents call Mount Pleasant and Titus County their home. Often referred to as the economic hub of Northeast Texas, the city has served as the county seat of Titus since 1848.


Over the past 100 years, Mount Pleasant has seen strong growth and, as a rural commercial center, has prospered. The region employees approximately 90,000. “We employ a great many persons from the four counties around us- that enhances our retail footprint and it is hard to sell to a retailer without empirical data to back it up. The Retail Coach gives us that data,” said Charles L. Smith, Executive Director of the Mount Pleasant Economic Development Corporation.


The Retail Coach’s goal will be to work closely with Mount Pleasant to target and recruit appropriate retailers and developers to the area. The first step in this process is to determine the town’s retail trade area, and using that information, the team will create retail profile reports and marketing tools to prepare the team and the city to best represent Mount Pleasant nationally to retailers, restaurants, and developers. The Retail Coach’s team will be led by Aaron Farmer, Director-Retail Strategy, and Project Manager, Kimberly Allred.


“The Retail Coach organization has a proven track record of accurately portraying a community, providing the information needed to help prospective retailers see the community.  They are well respected among retail chains and retail site locators.  They take the time to visit the community- boots on the ground if you will and they will visit with retailers and learn all they can about the community before publishing their work.  Another factor in this is the company is constantly seeking out new technology to improve their results- they have the tools and the talent,” said Smith.


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NTCC and UT Tyler Partner for Technology Training

MOUNT PLEASANT, TEXAS – Northeast Texas Community College and The University of Texas at Tyler recently formed a new partnership to benefit the students of the Industrial Technology Training Center (ITTC). Through a 2+2 articulation agreement students who complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in Industrial Technology at NTTC can smoothly transfer into UT Tyler’s Industrial Technology bachelor’s degree program. This will prepare students for a variety of jobs in technical professions.

The ITTC in Mount Pleasant opened in 2011 as a partnership between NTCC, the Mount Pleasant Economic Development Corporation and Mount Pleasant ISD. The facility was created to meet the evolving needs of area employers in the manufacturing industry. The center started with 20 students and is now over 200 students are enrolled. Most than 80 students have received degrees or certificates from the program since it began.