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Economic Development News – Week of April 5, 2010

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of April 5, 2010

Twin Creeks Technologies, a venture-backed solar technology company, is locating a solar panel manufacturing facility in Senatobia. The production facility will create 512 jobs, in two phases, over the next five years and represents a company investment of more than $175 million.
http://www.wlox.com/Global/story.asp?S=12244004

Gov. Haley Barbour’s announcement Friday of a cutting-edge solar panel manufacturing plant in Senatobia turned DeSoto County’s eyes southward again.
http://www.desototimes.com/articles/2010/04/02/opinion/editorials/doc4bb6462038ae0483310935.txt

Grenada plant expanding.  A $300,000 investment by the company, the expansion will create 40 new jobs, bringing the total number of employees at the Grenada facility to 180.
http://www.calhouncountyjournal.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2444:grenada-plant-expanding-by-40-jobs&catid=1:latest-news

A pipeline contractor has announced it will expand its Hazlehurst operation, adding a fabrication shop and 25 new jobs at its facility.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/04/contractor-unveils-expansion-plans/

GE Energy Financial Services is investing $150 million in a liquefied natural gas receiving terminal under construction in Mississippi that will increase natural gas supplies to the Northeast and Southeast.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/04/ge-investing-in-coast-lng-terminal/

Mississippi is on track to exceed its projected monthly tax collections for the first time in more than a year and a half.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/03/tax-collections-on-pace-to-exceed-expectations/

Last year was slow for economic development, but this year’s a different story, Columbus-Lowndes Development Link CEO Joe Higgins said Monday.
http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=5402

University officials say the new high-tech solar panel company planting roots in northern Mississippi could help plug the “brain drain” by keeping more engineers trained in the state from leaving upon graduation.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100403/NEWS/4030358/1001

The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) will lead a delegation of state business leaders on a business development mission to Chile, Ecuador and Peru from June 16-25, 2010.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/04/mda-to-lead-mission-to-south-america/

“Eliminating eminent domain is a good way to severely hurt Mississippi’s ability to compete for economic development and create more and better jobs,” Barbour spokesman Dan Turner said of the petition.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100404/NEWS/4040352/1001/Petitions-push-land-rights

U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker reported that more than 30 Mississippi airport facilities, including the   Kosciusko-Attala Airport, will benefit from $8.6 million in federal Airport Improvement Program grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
http://starherald.net/local/x552025892/Airport-gets-Federal-funding-for-runway-rehabilitation

To ensure ongoing community and economic development success and completion of the Golden Triangle Industrial Aerospace Park, Columbus-Lowndes Development Link officials extended the term of Link CEO Joe Higgins’ contract.
http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=5562

Officials say the Ocean Expo Learning Center will be built in D’Iberville.
http://www.sunherald.com/2010/04/01/2068211/diberville-lands-ocean-expo.html

Blake A. Wilson: Proposed lignite plant would rate among best in the world
http://www.nems360.com/view/full_story/6878678/article-BLAKE-A–WILSON–Proposed-lignite-plant-would-rate-among-best-in-the-world?instance=secondary_stories_left_column

Music-and-audio innovator Hartley Peavey received the 2010 MIPA Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor in the global music-products industry, at the Musikmesse International Press Awards in Frankfurt, Germany, on March 25.
http://www.lightingandsoundamerica.com/news/story.asp?ID=-H06FFK

Join the MEDC group for members only on LinkedIn.
http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=2323556

The Economic Development News is a weekly service provided to members of the Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC), Mississippi’s state association of economic development and chamber of commerce professionals – www.medc.ms

Carol Hardwick, Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC)
P. O. Box 3721, Jackson, MS  39207
www.medc.ms 
MEDC Member-to-Member Seminar . April 13 . Jackson
MEDC 2010 Summer Conference . July 21-23 . Beau Rivage . Biloxi

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