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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of February 7, 2011

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of February 7, 2011

Chevron plans $1.4B Mississippi plant.  Renfroe said the new plant will benefit the Coast with about 1,000 construction jobs and 20 permanent positions and also by purchasing products from local businesses
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110201/NEWS/102010333/Chevron-plans-1-4B-Miss-plant

Economic development is a marathon. It’s not a sprint.  That was the general theme of Gov. Haley Barbour’s speech at the Mississippi Economic Development Council’s Winter Meeting Thursday morning at the Hilton in Jackson.
http://msbusiness.com/magnoliamarketplace/2011/02/03/barbour-looks-back-ahead-in-speech-to-medc/
… the state was able to add 46,000 new jobs, attract $12 billion in investments and attract global names like Toyota during that time, (Mississippi Development Authority executive director Gray Swoope) told members of the Mississippi Economic Development Council at that organization’s winter conference, which wrapped up Friday after three days.
http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011102050321

Mississippi unveils new tourism slogan.  “Find Your True South” is the new brand for Mississippi tourism, the Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division announced today.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110202/FEAT05/110202008/-1/Nletter03/New-Mississippi-slogan—Find-Your-True-South-?source=nletter-news

Singing River Health System (SRHS) has celebrated the beginning of construction of a multi-million dollar neuroscience building in Ocean Springs with a brief groundbreaking ceremony
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/01/singing-river-breaks-ground-for-new-building/

EDA Director says Natchez economic development team now in place http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/news/2011/feb/02/mda-director-says-adams-county-economic-team-place/

KiOR loan eyed.  Site work has been ongoing at the Columbus facility for several weeks, says Joe Max Higgins, CEO of the Columbus Lowndes-Development Link…
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110205/BIZ/102050320/1005/KiOR-loan-eyed

Business leader confidence at highest level in years
http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2011/02/business_leader_confidence_at.html

Mississippi has received $16 million in energy plan funds from the federal government’s economic stimulus program to develop energy efficiency programs.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110206/NEWS/102060352/-16M-for-energy-program-awarded

Census figures released today show Mississippi gained more than 122,000 residents since 2000, raising its total official population to 2,967,297.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110203/NEWS/110203024/-1/Nletter03/Some-Miss.-counties-see-huge-growth?source=nletter-news

MDA’s Minority & Small Business Division Program Helps Entrepreneurs Launch Successful New Businesses … and other Delta news.
http://www.deltabusinessjournal.com/vol2no3/vol2no3.html

Mississippi State University is among the nation’s leading major research universities, according to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/01/mississippi-state-makes-national-ranking-for-research/

U. S. Department of Commerce Export University 201 and 301 are being offered February 23 – 24 at the USM Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, MS.
https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=1Q5L

Show your support for MDA!
In March, 2011 the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) will celebrate 75 years of service to the citizens and businesses in the state of Mississippi.  As the leaders in economic development, MEDC is planning to host a gala reception at the Marriott in Jackson on March 24 to honor the agency.  Your company or organization has the opportunity to be a part of honoring the work that MDA has done to bring prosperity and jobs to Mississippi’s communities and citizens by sponsoring this event.

Sponsor opportunities are on the MEDC website at www.medc.ms or email carol@medc.ms

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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