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Mississippi Economic Development News – December 15, 2008



A former Hinds County administrator and top state economic development leader died Friday at his home.  Eugene McLemore was 66.



Area legislatures addressed budget issues during the Mississippi Economic Development Council’s regional legislative forum held here at the historic train depot recently.




Jeff Lacey Named as President of M&F Bank.  He was Past President of the Kosciusko Attala Chamber of Commerce and the Past Chairman of the Kosciusko Attala County Economic Development Authority.



Utah has offered nearly $33 million to Alliant Techsystems — its second-largest incentive package ever . … The company is weighing competing incentive offers from Utah, Mississippi, Ohio and the Carolinas and expects to make an announcement of where it will build its plant within a few months



Louisiana’s Department of Economic Development is investing $635,000 in a consultant’s study aimed at helping the state draw more automotive manufacturing.



Third District Congressman-elect Gregg Harper announced the members of his congressional staff for his Washington, D.C. office and District offices in Mississippi.



The MFA (Mississippi Furniture Association) has in recent months met with state officials, including the Mississippi Development Authority, state legislators and Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant to talk about incentives the group says would bring back jobs to the state.



“…all eyes are on the five (Meridian City) council members who will make what is a huge decision for Meridian. If the council nixes Threefoot, the equally controversial Lala downtown hotel is expected to go in its place.



Recession-proof Rankin? – “There are no new projects that have come along recently,” said Larry Mobley, Rankin First Economic Development Authority’s assistant director. “I guess you could say we have been maintaining the status quo.”



Horn Lake officials launch anti-blight campaign.  Jim Flanagan, president and chief executive officer of the DeSoto County Economic Development Council, said, “Horn Lake has turned a corner. There’s far more industrial and commercial interest in the city than there has been in the past.”



Former Choctaw Tribal Chief Phillip M. Martin has signed a contract with a Brandon firm to publish his life story in time for the Choctaw Indian Fair in 2009.


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