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Mississippi Economic Development News 01.19.09

Economic Development News – Week of Jan 19, 2009

After months of speculation, Mayor Jim Ballard announced Thursday that Mississippi Investment Petroleum Co. will be building a third-generation biodiesel refinery at the Port of Aberdeen. The project, to be completed in three phases, is expected to create 32 new jobs and will bring a $12 million capital investment to the region.

Hybrid Plastics, Inc., together with the local Area Development Partnership (ADP) and Mississippi’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), won the 2008 Best Special Event Award for its Advanced Nanomaterials Symposium from the International Economic Development Council.

Turning a Waterway Into an Economic Lifeline – Steel and fuel plants are driving industrial expansion along the South’s Tennessee-Tombigbee.

Businesses interested in trade with countries in the Middle East and North Africa can get information at a foreign markets conference scheduled for Jan. 27 in Jackson.  Josh Bower, with the Mississippi Development Authority, says the seminar will provide an overview of the Middle Eastern and North African markets, trade statistics and export trends.


Convention Complex opens doors – 20,000 tour downtown center.

Eighteen counties in Mississippi — including Warren, Issaquena, Sharkey and Yazoo — could receive designation as a National Heritage Area and qualify for federal funding to develop regional tourism if the U.S. House of Representatives approves a bill passed by the Senate on Thursday.

The Mississippi Museum of Art is further defining its role as both a conceptual arts venue and a key contributor to Mississippi’s economic development efforts with an astonishing exhibition of the varied and remarkable accomplishments of French Fauvist Raoul Dufy.

The first publication of “The Heartbeat of Mississippi: A newcomers & visitors guide to Kosciusko and Attala County” can now be found in the 12 Mississippi Welcome Centers.  The full-color magazine, a joint project of The Star-Herald and Kosciusko-Attala Development Corporation highlights local points of interest for tourists and provide useful information for those moving to the area.

Well-wishers gathered in the Greater Starkville Development Partnership lobby Thursday afternoon to send off a long-time division head who is headed to work in the private sector.  Arma delaCruz Salazar, the GSDP’s vice president of tourism and retirement development, is bound for the marketing director’s position with University Management Inc., the management company for the Columbus-based EatWithUs Group.

“Things are still very hot and heavy on the (Old Capitol Green) project,” said John Turner, Entergy Mississippi economic development director. “Carlton Brown and Full Spectrum South are still very engaged and proceeding with all of their master planning and the engineering phase. The only holdup at this time is resolving how the public infrastructure required to support this project is going to be paid for.

Tish Williams named the first recipient of the Jody Compretta Person of Passion Award at the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting. See photo gallery at:


Register now for the 2009 MEDC Winter Conference.

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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