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Mississippi Economic Development News Week of January 31, 2011

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of January 31, 2011

The Major Thoroughfare program is about roads and ample transportation.  But, if you ask the experts it’s a concept that was all about people.
http://www.wtva.com/news/local/story/How-did-the-Major-Thoroughfare-plan-begin/SrHdXM5OBEOlh-O5GuUxiA.cspx

“There were more prospects (looking to locate businesses locally) in the first part of 2010 than we had in all of 2009,” Moak said Wednesday after taking over as board chairman of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110127/BIZ/101270343/-1/nletter01/Look-at-big-picture–chamber-execs-say?source=nletter-news

When Stephen Brereton speaks, Mississippians should listen, particularly business people.

Brereton is consulate general of Canada, the Magnolia State’s top trading partner. More than 67,000 Mississippians hold jobs due to Canadian trade…
http://msbusiness.com/businessblog/2011/01/27/oh-canada/

Alliant Techsystems’ employees at the Iuka facility reached a record setting one million hours worked without a lost-time accident. This safety milestone began in March 2008 and was achieved on Dec. 1, 2010.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/01/atk-employees-set-new-safety-record/

Viking Classic’s Economic Impact

http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=5129

Natchez, Inc. sees need for industrial sites

http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/news/2011/jan/30/natchez-inc-sees-need-industrial-sites/

When the state College Board tapped Allegra Brigham as the Mississippi University for Women’s interim president in May…

http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=9839

Chamber renovations closer to conclusion in Brookhaven

http://www.dailyleader.com/news/article_3b7299b0-212d-11e0-bc8b-001cc4c002e0.html

Former Knightline Building Sold

http://www.bolivarcom.com/view/full_story/11176077/article-Former-Knightline-building-sold?instance=homefirstleft

Leaders have to take advantage of opportunities for economic success

http://www.dailycorinthian.com/view/full_story/11152538/article-Leaders-have-to-take-advantage–of-opportunities-for-economic-success?instance=lead_story_left_column

Officials believe solar plant can thrive in Pine Belt area

Leaders have to take advantage of opportunities for economic success

Stone County names new EDP Director

http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011101190321

The city, Tribe and Community Development Partnership, among others, joined together to bring The Shopping Center Group to Philadelphia

http://www.neshobademocrat.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=22708&SectionID=2&SubSectionID=297&S=1

George Freeland, director of the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation, said the economic development potential of South Mississippi is drawing international attention.

http://www.sunherald.com/2011/01/20/2794469/coast-business-leaders-report.html

DeSoto County Economic Development Council President and CEO Jim Flanagan said other items on the Blue Ribbon trip’s wish list include

http://www.desototimes.com/articles/2011/01/29/news/doc4d436b9bea850798124420.txt

Shaw said Mississippi State “is a major force for economic growth and development in the state

http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=5128

Brent Hales, chair of Southern Miss’ department of economic and workforce development, said representatives from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Bank and FDIC talked about asset protection and related issues.

http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20110125/NEWS01/101250320

Apartment complex, retail space coming to Gautier

http://www.sunherald.com/2011/01/28/2816559/apartment-complex-retail-space.html

The Major Thoroughfare program idea has been around for a few decades.  And, Tupelo is not the only city trying to implement the concept.

http://www.wtva.com/news/local/story/How-did-the-Major-Thoroughfare-plan-begin/SrHdXM5OBEOlh-O5GuUxiA.cspx

Pete Walley, director of the Mississippi Bureau for Long-Range Economic Development Planning, has been heavily involved in efforts to revitalize Mississippi’s Delta.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/jan/23/editorial-no-quick-cure-for-dying-towns/
Economic Forecast:  It’s getting better
http://nems360.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Economic+forecast-+It-s+getting+better%20&id=11156530&instance=secondary_stories_left_column

The MEDC 2011 Winter Conference is February 2 – 4 in Jackson.  Almost 300 have registered to attend!

The MEDC Breakfast Honoring the Legislature will be held February 2, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson.  Members are asked to please contact their legislators and invite them to attend. Marshall Ramsey, Clarion-Ledger political cartoonist is the featured speaker.

The conference continues at the Hilton on Wednesday afternoon with the Federal Round Tables from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Federal agencies with representatives attending are:
USDA Rural Development, U. S. Economic Development Authority,
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Internal Revenue Service,
Mississippi Small Business Development Center,
U. S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center,
Small Business Administration and
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Mindy Maxwell with Senator Cochran’s office will be in attendance.

The conference continues Thursday, February 3 through Friday, February 4 at the Hilton.
Speakers include:
– Governor Haley Barbour
– Scott Sklar, President, The Stella Group, Washington, DC
– Ben Wolf, IOM, VP, Member Services, Nashville Area Chamber
– David Copenhaven, VP, Administration, Toyota Motor Manufacturing MS, Inc.
– Brenda McClain, McClain Communications, Nashville
– Gene Stinson, Executive Director, Southern Economic Development Council
– Mark Simpson, President, Marathon Makeover
– Gray Swoope, Executive Director, Mississippi Development Authority

The updated schedule is on the MEDC website – www.medc.ms
Check the List of Registrants on the MEDC website to be sure that we received and processed your registration.

Plan to bring great Door Prizes!

We will see you soon!

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

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