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Mississippi Economic Development News – April 6, 2009


The second Business After Hours event by the Pontotoc Chamber of Commerce featured a panel comprised of Joseph Geddie, executive director of the North Mississippi Industrial Development Association; Tim Weston, field operations manager for the Tennessee Valley Authority; James Threadgill, vice chairman at BancorpSouth; and Jeremy Martin, the North Mississippi service coordinator for the Secretary of State’s office.




Problems arise as loop closes – The eventual completion of the Tenn. 385 and I-269 loop could create as much chaos as economic opportunity.



During the luncheon, Jay C. Moon, president and CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, informed business and industry leaders, county officials and college workforce trainers about the present state of manufacturing in Mississippi and the nation.




Governor Haley Barbour is bringing together state agency heads, legislators and local government officials as well as inviting the public to participate in a Mississippi Stimulus Summit on April 16. The summit is scheduled from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex following the annual meeting of the Mississippi Economic Council; no

reservations are necessary.



The city must attract more businesses to speed up recovery from Hurricane Katrina and help it thrive in the future. That was the feeling among candidates for city elections Friday night at a forum held at the University of Southern Mississippi. The forum was sponsored by the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce.



Keynote speaker was Blake Wilson, president and CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council, who offered words of encouragement about the future of the arts in Mississippi, particularly in education.



We have an integration center at our warehouse facility in Southhaven, Mississippi, where we’re able to burn testing, software loading, inserting IP addresses on the switches, though we can also do remote programming of the switches, and various things. When we ship, it’s a solution ready to install, so it cuts down on the implementation time, relieving the partner, and improving their cash flow, since they can now turn their project around quickly.



Sen. Thad Cochran,(R) Mississippi said, “It’s a bold statement and a confident statement about the economic future of our state, the decision to locate this facility here. This facility will be capable of producing up to five million rounds annually, enough to fill most of the Marine Corps 50 caliber requirement.”



The 102-year-old Levee Street Depot — for years expected to house a private transportation museum — could be much more, Mayor Laurence Leyens said Wednesday, suggesting the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, Vicksburg Main Street and Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce also be tenants in the city-owned building.



Mississippi Development Authority officials reported Monday that the Petal School District drives the Friendly City in terms of economic development.



“I am so pleased to see the city and county working together with the Growth Alliance in order to coordinate our efforts to make West Point and Clay County a better place to live and work,” said Growth Alliance Board Chairman Michelle Easterling. “We are making strides, even in the dourest of economic conditions. I believe we all realize that we can

move our community forward if we unite on common principles and objectives.



The brainchild of Bill Adams, TVA’s megasite program has garnered national attention since its unveiling in 2004. Since then, five sites have been sold. These announced projects are expected to eventually create, according to TVA, more than 5,500 direct jobs and represent $5 billion in capital investment. And this does not include ancillary jobs

and investments from related suppliers and service businesses.


Register now for the Member-to-Member Seminar on April 14 in Hattiesburg on “The Port of Gulfport: What the ‘Port of the Future’ Means to the Economic Development of the State” with Don Allee, Executive Director and CEO, MS State Port Authority. www.medc.ms

And don’t miss out on the Chamber Workshop in Oxford on April 16 “Putting Your Chamber in Overdrive” which will cover membership retention and recruitment, retail development, ambassador programs and other value-added programs. www.medc.ms

Save the date – July 22-24, MEDC Summer Conference, Beau Rivage, Biloxi – details soon.

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 . Biloxi



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