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Mississippi Economic Development News – March 16, 2009


Gov. Haley Barbour also is critical of highway progress, saying the state’s economic developer, the Mississippi Development Authority, isn’t consulted by MDOT and gets involved only as projects need transportation help.

Seizing private property: A bill barring the use of eminent domain for private purposes could hurt economic development efforts.

A portion of U.S. 11 (in Picayune) to soon be widened to five lanes.

Hope Community Credit Union (HOPE), a community development credit union, and its sponsor, Enterprise Corporation of the Delta (ECD), are celebrating the grand opening of a new Gulf Coast branch located at 188 Porter Avenue in Biloxi .

As Cynthia Wilson walks along a stretch of Columbus and Greenville Railway line, she points ahead to a section of track not far from the main drag in downtown Eupora … “A lot of these small towns, like Eupora and Maben, they grew up around the railroad and they know how important it is for their economic development.”


The five-state Gulf of Mexico Alliance is seeking public comments on a five-year plan to enhance the Gulf’s ecological and economic health. The alliance’s first action plan, which spanned three years, ends this month.  The draft plan is available for public comment. To view it, go to
www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org. To comment on the plan go to http://tinyurl.com/gulfplan or visit the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Web site at www.dmr.ms.gov.

Beefing up infrastructure and legalizing liquor – among other actions – are key for future development around Jackson-Evers International Airport , a recent study says.  Growth is predicted to occur near airports. … East Metro Road would run on the eastern side of the airport, connecting Old Fannin Road to Crossgates Boulevard . Rankin First Economic Development Authority Executive Director Tom Troxler said the road will be valuable for commercial development.

No change from Prius, Toyota officials say.

The state’s top tourism official said Thursday night that tourism in Mississippi this year is lagging behind 2008, but numbers should pick up during the traditionally busy spring and summer months.  In an address to members of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce, Craig Ray, director of the tourism development division of the Mississippi Development Authority, tempered his negative statistics with positive news of festivals and other events that have brought visitors to the state this year.

Legislature mulls end of inventory tax, a burning issue among business community.

Mississippi also is building educational capacity in this sector by developing unique research and development partnerships between automakers and the state’s universities.

Gov. Haley Barbour today announced the second Mississippi Blues Trail Marker to commemorate U.S. Highway 61, the Blues Highway .

Jackson County Port Authority commissioners this week gave Signal International the go-ahead for a federally funded deep-hole dry dock on the west side of Bayou Casotte.

Dr. Gary Butler is the president of Camgian Microsystems, headquartered in the former local operations of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. in the Multi-Tenant Building in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park .  The two-year old company is a spin-out from Mississippi State University as an advanced research and development firm focused in the area of microelectronics.  Camgian is a MURA  — or Mississippi University Research Act — company, Butler said. The act helps commercialize intellectual property created at MSU.

Carol Hardwick, Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council, Inc. (MEDC)
601-352-1909 . carol@medc.ms . www.medc.ms
Member-to-Member Seminar . April 14 . Hattiesburg
MEDC Chamber Workshop . April 16 . Oxford
2009 Summer Conference . July 22-24 . Beau Rivage .




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