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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of December 8, 2008

Six Southern states – Mississippi included – have marketing programs identifying some of their less populated counties, cities or towns as “certified retirement communities.” 

Riverbend development falls off the drawing board; Postponed by economic ills but officials optimistic       

(Gov. Haley Barbour) said he and Mississippi Development Authority employees met with a company in Germany. He wouldn’t say the name of the company or what type of jobs.

Education was the keyword of the Mississippi Economic Council’s Marathon Tour session at the Southern Oaks in Hattiesburg this afternoon.

An emerging coalition of government, industry and environmental representatives has announced a new national agenda that outlines steps to fight erosion and encourage oil and gas development in the Gulf coast region.  They call it “America’s Energy Coast.” Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are the focus.

The October report on unemployment from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security showed Lamar County ranked third in the state among lowest unemployment rates with 4.8 percent. Rankin County has the lowest rate, 4.4 percent. Forrest County was ranked 11th with 5.9 percent.  In fact, Mississippi’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in October compared to the previous month, the MDES reported, from a seasonally adjusted 7.8 percent in September to 7.2 percent in October.

DeSoto Economic Development Council president Jim Flanagan said other tornado-damaged warehouses located in the city’s industrial area near the intersection of Stateline Road and Airways Boulevard have also recovered from the storms (last February).

Free work force training to be offered – The Mississippi Corridor Consortium – comprising East Mississippi Community College, Itawamba Community College, Northeast Mississippi Community College and Northwest Mississippi Community College – rolled out a new training program to meet the needs of existing industry.

Carol Hardwick, Executive Director

Mississippi Economic Development Council, Inc. (MEDC)

P. O. Box 3721 . Jackson . MS . 39207 . 601-352-1909

carol@medc.ms . www.medc.ms

2009 Winter Conference . Feb. 4-6 . Hilton . Jackson

2009 Summer Conference . July 21-23 . Beau Rivage . Biloxi

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