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Mississippi Economic Development News 01.12.09

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of Jan 12, 2009


“It was a very positive meeting,” said Randy Meador, vice president of Neel-Schaffer Engineers and Planners, who is serving as consulting engineer and planner for the city of Laurel, and as spokesman of the group which met at the Jones County Economic Development Association (EDA) Friday. “We accomplished a lot, but did not get into specifics.”



Entergy has put on hold its applications to license two new nuclear power plants, including a proposed $5 billion facility in Port Gibson, after ending negotiations with a company to design the facilities.



East Mississippi Business Development Corporation President Wade Jones agrees, adding that residents should consider the recession from a global perspective, not just from jobs lost and closings.


The Mississippi Renaissance Garden Foundation’s December 2008 “Bringing Back the Beauty Award” was presented to Moss Point’s Celebration! Committee for its work in providing beautification, community spirit, community cooperation and civic pride.  The Celebrations! committee. Its purpose, according to Linda Holden, Moss Point’s Economic Development consultant and coordinator of the Celebrations! committee, is part of an economic-development strategy that includes are promoting tourism and giving Moss Point an identity through fun-filled programs, and expressing that identity in a unique manner.

Looking forward, looking back: (Columbus) leaders ponder year to come…

Some southern states — Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Tennessee — formally regard the mailbox economy as a form of economic development and are actively recruiting the boomers, particularly to smaller towns.

Efforts are under way in Northeast Mississippi to provide free tuition at the community colleges for new high school graduates. Lewis Whitfield, senior vice president with the Lee County-based CREATE Foundation and a chief proponent of the concept, said the free tuition is being provided in 18 of 31 school districts in Northeast Mississippi, beginning with the high school Class of 2009.

The Brookhaven board of aldermen voted on a list of their top 10 priorities last year, and five of the proposed priorities received a unanimous vote. The top five priorities garnering unanimous votes were economic development, downtown revitalization, systematically replacing equipment, continued paving and tending to infrastructure needs.

Greater Starkville Development Partnership President and Chief Executive Officer Jon Maynard was pleased at Starkville’s economic situation over the past year and hopes to continue the trend in 2009.

DeSoto County Supervisors allocated $150,000 to the DeSoto County Economic Development Council for the hiring of a greenways coordinator and establishment of a Northwest Mississippi Land Trust.

“Several of our nongaming businesses are hiring,” said John Hendrix, the tribe’s director of economic development. “We’re hoping the nongaming (operations) can pick up some of those people.”  The tribe operates 14 businesses, five of which are tied to gaming. One is the tribe’s commercial laundry service.

Dennis P. Lockhart, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, will be the keynote speaker during the annual Economic Outlook for South Mississippi conference on Jan. 15 at the University of Southern Mississippi.

More than 2,000 runners lined up early last Saturday for the Second Annual Mississippi Blues Marathon. This year’s runners broke time records and made some local business owners very happy.

Register now for the 2009 Winter Conference February 4-6 at the Hilton in Jackson. Show your support for the economic developers and chamber of commerce executives. Become a sponsor today! www.medc.ms or 601-352-1909

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 22-24 . Beau Rivage . Biloxi

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