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Mississippi Economic Development News – March 2, 2009


No two economic development agencies are exactly alike.



Dirk B. Vanderleest, CEO of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA), is the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Southern Region 2008 Air Carrier Airport Manager of the Year.



“As an eternal optimist I see our long-term economic future as being positive. As a realist, I know that we will face some challenges to our economy in 2009 and possibly into 2010.” – Mitch Stennett is President of Economic Development Authority of Jones County.



Blake Wilson, the MS Economic Council President, says, “The deal here is that everybody wins. The employers win, economic development wins, the cities and counties win and the people of Mississippi win because this will open up opportunities for economical development.”



Tishomingo County finds hope again



BNSF Railway Company’s 2008 economic development efforts were instrumental in the location of 127 new or expanded facilities in communities along BNSF. The development of these facilities resulted in about $4 billion in investments and the creation of more than 4,000 new jobs.



Governor Haley Barbour announced today United Chair, owned by Haworth Inc., will add at least 125 new jobs at its Bruce, Miss., facility. The company’s Bruce plant currently employs approximately 180 people.



“It’s a tipping point for our community,” Area Development Partnership President Angeline Godwin said. “It has the potential to take us to another level beyond our linear improvement as a health-care center.”



The Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review told the Mississippi House Ways and Means Committee that the economic impact of the federal stimulus package on the state could equal $5.12 billion, (equivalent to almost 6 percent of Mississippi’s Gross State Product) after tax breaks.



Greenwood-Leflore Airport has begun recruitment of aviation-related companies to locate at the 840-acre facility through an economic development initiative created by local partners to boost the regional economy, according to a statement from the airport.



Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute is looking to help boost the state’s furniture exports through a new initiative with state and federal government agencies. The university announced that it has partnered with the Mississippi Development Authority’s International Trade Office and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Mississippi Export Assistance Center to form the Export Resource Service.



Port Gibson, Rolling Fork win grants.  Each will have $10,000 to promote town history.



Jackson County finds positives in business growth.


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