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Mississippi Economic Development News – April 13, 2009

In the midst of economic turmoil, federal bailouts, and budget deficits in more than 40 states, a new report from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) offers a roadmap to recovery based on economic performance trends from states over the last 10 years.  Mississippi ranks 19th on Economic  Outlook.



Representatives of architecture and design firms from downtown Jackson to Massachusetts gathered Thursday at the Greater Jackson Partnership offices to learn how they can submit proposals for studying the viability of building a multipurpose arena.



Jennifer Glaze, a staff member for Mississippi State President Mark Keenum, will join the Greater Starkville Development Partnership staff May 1 as its vice president for tourism and retirement development, officials said Wednesday.



Debut Broadcasting Corporation, Inc.(OTC BB: DBTB), a media and entertainment company, today announced it recently executed an agreement with RegionalHelpWanted.com to establish DeltaHelpWanted.com and VicksburgHelpWanted.com to promote economic development in the communities Debu t’s radio stations serve, specifically in the Mississippi Delta.



The Senatobia Main Street Partnership is hosting retail expert John Brandon, associate manager for the Existing Industry and Business Division of the Mississippi Development Authority, in a series of two seminars focused on helping small businesses survive and thrive during this slow economy.



In his monthly report to the board, David Vowell, president of the Community Development Partnership, said the youth program would be administered through the Educational Training Institute office on Main Street.   In other economic development news, Vowell said…



Southwest Mississippi Partnership President Cliff Brumfield said the group of 10 counties and their respective government and private business leaders have, through an extensive analysis, identified prospective industry types that would thrive in the area and are making plans to begin recruiting aggressively. The plan calls for a new industry to locate anywhere in the 10-county area in 18 months, he said.



Two agencies with similar goals hope sharing the same space in downtown Jackson will help both further their missions.  Downtown Jackson Partners, which promotes the revitalization of the capital city’s downtown, and Mississippi Main Street Association, which promotes economic development statewide through historic preservation, have moved into the Electric 308 building on Pearl Street.


A new south Mississippi housing program could offer up to $26,000 in grants to help residents purchase homes, organizers announced this week.   MyHome MyCoast, an $80 million program unveiled by the Gulf Coast Renaissance Corp. and the state on Wednesday,


Education officials are trying to get Mississippi high school students ready to hit the competitive job market.  Nearly 270 students participated in the 16th Annual Career Development Conference on Tuesday. Jobs for Mississippi Graduates sponsored the event that helps students develop interviewing skills, critical thinking and public speaking skills.



It is reported that G&G Steel will locate a metal fabrication facility in (Tishomingo County) Mississippi at the Tri State Commerce Park and will initially hire at least 25 workers for the site.




Carol Hardwick, Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council, Inc. (MEDC)
P. O. Box 3721 . Jackson, MS 39207
601-352-1909 . fax-601-352-2061 . www.medc.ms  

Member-to-Member Seminar . April 14 . Hattiesburg
MEDC Chamber Workshop . April 16 . Oxford
2009 Summer Conference . July 22-24 . Beau Rivage . Biloxi



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