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Mississippi Economic Development News 01.05.09

Mississippi Economic Development News – January 5, 2009


A proposal to help transform Mississippi communities into entertainment meccas creating scores of jobs and increasing tourism has the support of lawmakers and local economic development leaders. 



After nearly two years of cutting red tape and extensive lobbying, ground is scheduled to be broken next month on a new hospital in Kemper County which is expected to create nearly 100 jobs. Brian Henson, executive director of the Kemper County Economic Development Authority, said the county is …



Three furniture manufacturers received Foreign-Trade Zone manufacturing authority, which enables each company to save more than $1 million each year primarily through the elimination of a tariff. More importantly, nearly 1,000 jobs could be saved by the move. The state’s furniture industry has lost about 1,500 jobs this year alone.



Counties in Mississippi are being urged to join a list of 427 cities nationwide lining up to request billions in federal dollars expected to be offered in the Obama administration’s plan to jump-start the economy.



About 25 local business and industry representatives and city and county officials attended a program on economic development at the Pontotoc County Chamber of Commerce last week. Chandler Russ, director of Existing Industry & Business Division, Mississippi Development Authority, presented pointers on retaining existing businesses and

industries during a time when new firms are not likely to be relocating in the current economic slowdown.



For the West Point-Clay County Growth Alliance, the beginning of 2009 will be a time of transition. Jan. 5 is the effective start date for new president Jeff Rowell — formerly the executive director of the Natchez-Adams Economic Development Authority. Rowell, will replace Tim Climer, who has joined his family in Batesville.



Anatalio Ubalde, co-founder and CEO of GIS Planning, an economic development Internet strategy company, gave an enthusiastic presentation to the business community at the Delta Economic Development Center of Washington County’s first Holiday Gala. Ubalde also co-founded ZoomProspector.com <http://ZoomProspector.com>, a company that has

developed a comprehensive search engine that will be used by the Delta EDC to attract businesses to the area via the Internet. It will show prospecting businesses our population demographics, spending habits and available real estate properties, along with images of the area.



(Clinton’s) director of community development has only been on the job a month, but he’s already facing the challenge of helping local leaders revise the city’s zoning plan.



This will be a year of rebirth and reconstruction in Hancock County, with the historic courthouse poised to reopen and more than a dozen more projects expected to either break ground before the end of the first decade of this century.  “Construction, construction, construction,” County Administrator Tim Kellar said Tuesday. “This year will be like no other in the history of

Hancock County.”


“With lower auto sales not only locally but nationally, we’re seeing it reflected in sales tax,” (Brookhaven Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Cliff) Brumfield said. “But our sales in recent weeks have been much better and as the auto industry offers more and more incentives which make this the best time ever to buy a new automobile, we’ll see these numbers increase, especially with income tax due in upcoming weeks.”


May you have a successful and prosperous 2009!


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