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Mississippi Economic Development News – 02.09.09

Economic Development News – Week of February 9, 2009

To help reverse the job losses Mississippi has experienced in recent years, state economic leaders will have to do things differently than before, the leader of Mississippi’s top economic development agency said Friday.  http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20090207/BIZ/902070333/1005


Senate bill could strengthen property owners’ rights from eminent domain…If it’s passed, a bill currently in the state senate could strengthen property rights for Mississippians. But could it also stunt economic growth for the state?

The harsh economy has been unkind not only to many of Mississippi’s major industries but also to the state agency charged with bringing more jobs to the state, the agency’s executive director said on Friday.  Gray Swoope of the Mississippi Development Authority spoke about economic challenges and opportunities at the Mississippi Economic Development Council’s winter conference.

Mississippi lawmakers say they’re willing to give tax breaks and other incentives to bring more jobs to the state, particularly in a national recession.  They’re even considering proposals to grant a second chance to a long-delayed, financially hampered housing and retail development in north Mississippi.

Mississippi plans to spend at least $20 million in Hurricane Katrina recovery money on a new Mississippi Shipbuilding and Metal Trades Academy near Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding’s Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Gov. Haley Barbour told about 100 people gathered Friday for the second annual Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium in Mobile.

Mark Keenum is the new president of Mississippi State University, but his message to a business audience here Friday underscored the importance of higher education in general to the state.  “We’re a major part of the economic engine of this state,” Keenum told the Community Development Foundation’s monthly First Friday gathering. “Our universities play a vital role in economic activity and generating jobs.”

The Governor’s Job Fair Network of Mississippi is sponsoring the East Central Mississippi Job Fair at the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia.  The Job Fair will be held on Thursday, February 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to the public with free admission. About 40 employers will be on hand for the job fair… Gerald Mills, Winston County Economic Development Director, noted WCDEP had joined with the other counties in order to help draw a strong pool of employers.

City, county, EDA gather to debate funding…

RiverKings Game Supports DeSoto County Museum

Gaming tax revenue from Vicksburg’s five casinos was up slightly in January, but the year-to-date figures are down by a slim margin from last fiscal year. While many in the gaming industry speculated the opening of Riverwalk Casino in late October would expand the market and lead to more tax revenue, it appears to only be insulating the market from larger declines seen across the state and country.

East Central Community College in Decatur is offering a special “two-for-one” rate for designated academic and technical courses for the 2009 spring semester in an effort to assist dislocated workers, including those from Pearl River Resort, who were affected by a struggling economy.

Brandon named as Mississippi’s Boomtown in Business Week article.
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