With a set of blueprints in his hands and an engineer's ink in his veins, Tracy Huffman definitely has designs on the future.
Huffman, Director of the Mid-South Division for Waggoner Engineering, has helped to engineer the tremendous growth and development of the state's fastest growing county.
Huffman himself has been on the fast track since arriving in DeSoto County in 2002.
In the later 1990s, the Kosciusko native was named project manager for the mammoth Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corp. site project, a 1,500-acre development, that helped to transform Mississippi's economy.
Huffman was just 32 years old.
"At the time, it was the No. 1 economic development investment in the nation, with well over $1 billion invested," Huffman said.
Huffman, who was employed with Allen Hoshall and Waggoner Engineering from 1995-2000, is now also State Aid Road Engineer for DeSoto County and is the consulting engineer for the DeSoto County Regional Utility Authority, or DCRUA.
Shortly after arriving in DeSoto County, Huffman was given another task, helping to plan and design DeSoto County's $140 million wastewater system.
"At the time, it was one of the largest public works projects in the state," Huffman said. "It's an economic driver in our county."
Huffman said he has also worked with the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors in planning and developing the Star Landing Corridor, which will consist of a four-lane boulevard with a grass median and turning lanes at every few hundred yards.
"We're waiting to hear back on the Holly Springs Road project," Huffman said of a project that would alleviate flooding in the Holly Springs Road area.
Huffman said efforts are underway to begin widening and improvement projects along Craft Road, Nail Road and Swinnea Road, which totals around 20 million.
Huffman, a 1993 graduate of Mississippi State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, and wife Renee have two children, Julia Kate, 14, and Witt, 9.
"DeSoto County is definitely home, now," said Huffman. "The thing is with DeSoto County is that, if you work hard and you earn a good living and do what you are supposed to do, it's a good place to raise your family."
Robert Lee Long is Community Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.