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Mississippi Economic Development News – 02.02.09

The 2009 MEDC Winter Conference kicks off this week with Economic Development Day at the Mississippi State Capitol on Wednesday morning, February 4.  A breakfast reception will be held in the First Floor Rotunda from 7:30 to 8:45 AM. A proclamation and remarks will be made in the Old Supreme Court Chambers on the second floor beginning at 9:00 AM.  All MEDC members and conference registrants are invited to attend.

Mississippi Development Authority division directors will be hosting a roundtable event at the MEDC 2009 Winter Conference to provide information about the agency’s programs and services. The sessions, which will be conducted in a “speed dating” format, will allow conference attendees ten minutes at each division’s table before moving on to the next session; a whistle will sound signaling the end of each session. 

MDA Deputy Director Whit Hughes will begin the roundtable event with a 10-minute overview of MDA, and Joey Deason, MDA Deputy Director and CFO, will conclude the event with five minutes of closing remarks. The first five minutes of each session will be delegated for division overviews, and the remaining five minutes will be set aside for questions and answers. Speakers for the roundtable event include:

  • Griff Salmon and Liz Cleveland – Global Business and Trade
  • Chandler Russ – Existing Industry and Business
  • Joy Foy – Asset Development
  • Motice Bruce – Energy
  • Wanda Land – Workforce Development
  • Jay McCarthy – Financial Resources
  • Richard Speights – Minority and Small Business Development
  • Steve Hardin – Community Services
  • Craig Ray – Tourism
  • Kathy Steen – Technology Tools to Better Work with MDA

The event, which will last approximately two hours, will be a fun, informative way to learn more about MDA. To view the conference agenda or to register online, please visit www.medc.ms.


The Delta Regional Authority has begun its grant process for 2009. Those wishing to apply for DRA grants can find a pre-application package and timeline by going to the authority’s website at www.dra.gov.

 It wasn’t planned that way, but Jones County Junior College’s Economic and Technology Symposium on Thursday served as a counterweight to current gloomy economic news.  A crowd of 200 students, educators and businessmen gathered at the Ronald E. Whitehead Advanced Technology Center to hear Success Stories of Mississippi Businesses.

Nissan North America’s vehicle assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi has received an outstanding achievement award in energy efficiency and management from the Mississippi Development Authority’s (MDA) Energy Division. The award is presented annually to businesses and organizations for successfully reducing energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

Forty-seven standout Mississippians have graduated from the 2008-09 Class of Leadership Mississippi, the nation’s second oldest leadership program. A graduation ceremony was held on January 9, 2009 at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson .

The DeSoto County tax advisory committee is expected to decide within the next two weeks whether to retool a wage and benefit formula used in granting industries tax exemptions and other incentives.Retooling the formula could have the practical effect of allowing industries to have the flexibility to pay lower wages and still receive tax exemptions, but that’s not necessarily the case, DeSoto County Economic Development Council President and CEO Jim Flanagan said Friday.

(Editorial)  We applaud the Mississippi Legislature’s efforts to find ways to save money from wherever they can. But we hope the lawmakers consider the long-term impact of some of their actions.  An example is an effort to sell the state-owned jet that Gov. Haley Barbour and other state officials use.

Chamber officials led by executive director Dianne Carson each year announce winners of Clinton’s top service and citizenship awards.  On Tuesday, (Chamber President Nolan) Aikens revealed the winner of an award that isn’t given every year, but when it is merited: the chamber’s Outstanding Public Service Award.  The winner is…

With unemployment rates up and concerns of layoffs, the Winston Economic Development Partnership has joined with other counties in the area to host a East Central Mississippi Job Fair on Thursday, February 12.

Petal keeps growing by leaps and bounds.

A “First Impressions” team from the Mississippi State University Community Action Team visited Ackerman, Oct. 17, 2008 to observe the town from a visitor’s viewpoint.  Chance McDavid, MSU Community Development Project manager, said “First Impressions” is “designed to capture the thoughts and feelings of visitors as they observe for the first time the characteristics of a community.”

Dr. Vaughn Grisham, director of the McLean Institute for Community Development at the University of Mississippi conducted the opening session for Leadership Noxubee Monday.  The county leadership development program is a partnership between the Noxubee Economic and Community Development Alliance and Mississippi State University.

PACCAR Announces 70 Consecutive Years of Net Profit

Delta Airlines will offer new air service from Golden Triangle Regional Airport in Columbus to Memphis International Airport.

The owners of G&G Steel … laid out its plans, which could eventually mean as many as 140 jobs, as Tishomingo County Board of Supervisors President Brandon Grissom announced Thursday that G&G Steel would locate in the Tri-State Commerce Park near Iuka.

Too often we have allowed others to tell the story of Mississippi. That’s what Malcolm White, executive director for the Mississippi Arts Commission, told the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association last week.  http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20090127/OPINION01/901270319

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