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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of February 21, 2011

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of February 21, 2011

The power of the small business – along with its importance in job creation – is clearly visible in the Pine Belt.  Entrepreneur Robert St. John, president of New South Restaurant Group, is set to add 60 to 75 more jobs to the Hattiesburg job market soon…
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20110213/NEWS01/102130321/1002/Small-business-driving-job-creation

Governor Barbour says state can lead nation in energy policy.
http://www.wlbt.com/global/story.asp?s=14037618

Natchez, Inc. hires new project manager.  (Chris) Hinton will be a resource to existing companies and industries by making sure their needs are met on a local level, (Chandler) Russ said.
http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/news/2011/feb/16/natchez-inc-hires-new-project-manager/

Entergy Mississippi, Inc. has announced that Mississippi native John Arledge has been named vice president of state public affairs for the electric utility.
http://www.vadvert.co.uk/business/9227-entergy-mississippi-names-arledge-vice-president-of-state-public-affairs.html

“The port means economic development, and that’s what its all about: jobs, jobs, jobs,” said (Senator Tom) King, R-Petal.
http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2011/02/port_still_on_minds_of_legisla.html

Despite recession, Mississippi’s trust fund still solvent.
http://www.sunherald.com/2011/02/19/2878625/despite-recession-mississippis.html

Northeast Mississippi’s work force will face new demands over the next decade.
http://m2m.tmcnet.com/news/2011/02/20/5325522.htm

Manufacturing takes on a new dimension.
http://nems360.com/view/full_story/11527512/article-Manufacturing-takes-on-a-new-dimension?instance=lead_story_left_column

The easiest way to attract outsiders is to reach out to those who already have a connection to Northeast Mississippi, said David Rumbarger, president and CEO of the Community Development Foundation in Tupelo.
NEMS360.com – Recruiters play to former Northeast Mississippians

Bill may alter rules for 16th Section land.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110221/NEWS/102210311/Bill-may-alter-rules-16th-Section-land?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CHome

If you want to run or public office, see the requirements at the Secretary of State’s Candidate Qualifying Guide for 2011 Elections in Mississippi.
http://www.sos.ms.gov/links/elections/candidates_lobbyist_center/tab1/FINAL%202011%20Candidate%20Qualifying%20Guide.pdf

Registration opens for 2011 Mississippi Market Wholesale Show
http://www.mississippimarket.org/index.php

Does state have timber available for KiOR?
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/02/does-state-have-timber-available-for-kior/

The Southern Growth Policies Board has compiled a compendium of public and private organizations and resources that are focused on capitalizing on energy and economic development in the South.
http://saferalliance1.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/se-energy-ed-resource-guide-for_web_jan20111.pdf

VT Halter to build $144M ship for Pasha Hawaii
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/02/vt-halter-to-build-144m-ship-for-pasha-hawaii/

Moran ‘excited about’ downtown of Ocean Springs
http://www.sunherald.com/2011/02/16/2870072/moran-excited-about-downtown-of.html

Mississippi economic head:  No politics in site selection
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/02/miss-economic-head-no-politics-in-site-selection/

Job opening: The Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC) has an opening for a Manager, Member Services and Administration.  This person manages and provides administrative support for MEDC programs, meetings, conferences and activities; includes responsibilities in membership services, communications, financial management, and general administration; performs duties with general direction from the Executive Director.

This is a part-time hourly position of 24-30 hours per week; more before and during winter and summer conferences. For consideration, send resume to carol@medc.ms by 5:00 p.m. February 28, 2011. For a complete job description, go to: http://www.medc.ms/MEDC%20Manager%20Member%20Services%20Job%20(2011).pdf

MEDC Calendar:
March 24 – MEDC reception honoring MDA’s Diamond Anniversary
July 13 – 15 – MEDC Summer Conference, Biloxi

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, CAE, Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC)
P. O. Box 3721, Jackson, MS  39207
www.medc.ms . 601.352.1909 . fax: 601.352.2061
carol@medc.ms

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