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Mississippi Economic Development News – March 30, 2009



While some of the nation’s business leaders and communities are hunkering down waiting for the economy to rebound from the worst recession since the 1940s, Meridian and Lauderdale County leaders are actively preparing for the future.



George County Industrial Park certified ‘Project Ready’



Mike Petters, president of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, indicated Thursday night to Jackson County economic development leaders that the change in the country’s administration is more likely to affect the multibillion-dollar defense contractor than the recent economic downturn.



Just a few hours after Gov. Haley Barbour presented Lum Cumbest with the Mississippi Medal of Service in Jackson on Thursday, members of the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation gathered at the Gulf Hills Conference Center for their spring investors’ meeting.  The juxtaposition of the two events was striking.



It was more than a half-century ago that the Oxford-Lafayette County community buzzed with the news: A “stove factory” was coming to town. 

“Most people were very excited about the factory jobs coming here,” said Max Hipp, president of the Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation.



This is the sixth regular legislative session for Gov. Haley Barbour, and for all of that time the House has given him fits and the Senate has, for the most part, given him what he wanted.  That didn’t change on the eminent domain issue. What did change were the political dynamics.



Robert Rohrlack named new CEO of Tampa Chamber.



Opportunity knocks – even in a recession.



The commercial banking industry isn’t responsible for the current economic woes, Aubrey Patterson Jr., chairman and CEO of BancorpSouth Bank, said Friday.  Patterson was the keynote speaker at the DeSoto County Economic Development Council’s quarterly membership luncheon.



Local residents were briefed on the ongoing efforts of the Mississippi

Main Street Association’s efforts to assess Laurel’s downtown.



The Mississippi Museum of Art is further defining its role as both a

conceptual arts venue and a key contributor to Mississippi’s economic

development efforts with an astonishing exhibition…



Keynote speaker Whit Hughes, deputy director of the Mississippi Development Authority, spoke of the importance of trade show events in difficult times. “We’re doing everything we can to stay strong in this economy,” he said.


It is important that we stay in touch with each other.  Register now for the April 14 MEDC Member-to-Member Seminar in Hattiesburg and for the April 16 Chamber Workshop in Oxford – www.medc.ms

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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