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Mississippi Economic Development News 12.29.08

Mississippi Economic Development News, December 29, 2008

Tupelo center receives Rucker Award

New home for FBI – Federal facility will join Entergy and state Department of Employment Security.  Benjie Barham, director of business development with the Hinds County Economic Development District said…

MDA Executive Director Gray Swoope spoke to the nation regarding the plant’s delay on Fox Business’ “Money for Breakfast” series on December 17. To view the video, click here

New housing construction will boost Mississippi’s lagging economy, says Housing Mississippi, an alliance of low-income housing advocacy groups. The organization plans to stimulate building projects through a housing trust fund specifically targeted to assist low-income Mississippi households (those making $29,000 or less annually).

(Jackson) is planning to push for the right to levy a 1 percent sales tax on most goods and services. Officials expect the tax would bring in between $21 million and $25 million a year for use on infrastructure improvements, law enforcement and economic development.

(State Superintendent of Education Dr. Hank Bounds) needs the help of every person in Mississippi who believes in the value of education and understands the role education plays in the economic and social development of our state.

Changes in casino industry, future projects discussed.

The Vicksburg Municipal Airport on U.S. 61 South will have another $524,000 to invest in upgrades via a federal grant accepted by the Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen Wednesday.

Ten months after two tornadoes ripped through Lafayette County, destroying dozens of homes and businesses, there’s barely a bent tree limb left laying on the ground to mark its devastation.

The city of McComb will ask lawmakers in January to renew its 4-year-old hotel/motel tax.  Dozens of Mississippi communities levy taxes of up to 3 percent, tied to local economic development and promotional projects. Each affects only one community and is added to the 7 percent statewide sales tax collected by merchants.

The Site Selection Checklist: Prepare Your Approach (from Area Development magazine)http://www.areadevelopment.com/siteSelection/nov08/site-selection-location-analysis.shtml

Have a safe and happy New Year!

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
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