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Mississippi Economic Development News Week of December 20,2010

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of December 20, 2010

The staff of MEDC wishes you a Very Merry Christmas!

Mississippi Power breaks ground on Kemper County IGCC Power Plant.
http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewiStockNews/articleid/4756465

Governor Haley Barbour recently unveiled a new “Broadband For Mississippi” website featuring a tool that outlines the availability of broadband across the state.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/12/barbour-unveils-new-broadband-availability-website/

A survey released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau paints a picture of each state, describing in detail its social, economic, housing and demographic features – down to county, city and even neighborhood levels.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101215/NEWS/12150345/-1/nletter01/Survey-to-be-planning-basis?source=nletter-news

At three Gulf of Mexico and inland ports and waterways — Gulfport, Mississippi; Mobile, Alabama; and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway — local port authorities have signed memoranda of understanding (MOU) with the Panama Canal Authority to encourage increased traffic in the Gulf.
http://www.areadevelopment.com/logisticsInfrastructure/directory2011/gulf-mexico-ports-panama-canal30023.shtml

When President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a bill extending the tax cuts for another two years, he also extended the deadline for a federal bond program designed to spur economic development in Mississippi and other areas hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101218/NEWS01/12180345/Miss.+wins+as+tax-cut+bill+includes+GoZone+plan

Other communities see success with tuition program.  In Lee County, David Rumbarger, president and CEO of the Community Development Foundation suggested CREATE put up $150,000 each year and have the Lee County Board of Supervisors match that contribution.
http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/news/2010/dec/19/other-communities-see-success-tuition-program/

Mississippi Museum of Art leaders will accept the museum’s 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from first lady Michelle Obama at a White House ceremony Friday morning.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101215/FEAT0502/101215015/-1/Nletter03/Michelle-Obama-to-give-award-to-Miss.-museum?source=nletter-news

The Jackson County Board of Supervisors has opened bidding for firms wanting to work on a new land-based testing facility for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101215/BIZ/12150331/-1/nletter01/New-shipbuilding-facility-eyed-in-Jackson-County?source=nletter-news

AGT wins multiple contracts from Army.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/12/agt-wins-multiple-contracts-from-army/

Mississippi State University’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension Office took home a top honor from the University Economic Development Association’s annual meeting in Reno, Nev., last month.
http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=5107

MPB’s ‘Gulf Islands’ wins film competition.  “This recognition will help raise the awareness of Mississippi’s beautiful barrier islands to people around the nation and the world, especially in this time following the oil-spill disaster,” Robbie Fisher, the film’s executive producer, co-editor and writer, said in a statement.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101215/FEAT05/101215031/-1/Nletter03/MPB?s–Gulf-Islands–wins-film-competition-?source=nletter-news

Mississippi native Patrick House is The Biggest Loser.  The Delta State University business graduate and Brandon native won the NBC reality weight loss competition Tuesday night and the $250,000 grand prize.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101215/NEWS/12150354/-1/nletter01/Brandon-native-named–The-Biggest-Loser-?source=nletter-news

Contestants with Mississippi ties are continuing their domination of reality TV as two sets of siblings who attended Madison Central High School will be singing tonight for the top prize on NBC’s Sing-Off.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101215/FEAT/101215027/-1/Nletter03/Miss.-natives-finalists-on-NBC-s–Sing-Off-?source=nletter-news

MEDC calendar:
2011 MEDC Winter Conference . February 2 – 4 . Jackson
2011 MEDC Summer Conference . July 13 – 15 . 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

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