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Mississippi Economic Development News – April 27, 2009

Southwest Mississippi Unveils Regional Economic Development Plan



Shipbuilding academy planned



Mississippi Municipal League considers Jackson tax a test case



Mississippi’s resources can produce energy for the future (GLENN MCCULLOUGH JR column)



Waynesboro to Lucedale railroad line proposed



Without a deal with Mississippi State University, the CottonMill Marketplace’s developers may not be able to keep their commitments to city, county and state officials and would need to reformulate its scope, one of the project’s principal developers says.



Prepare for next business cycle, says TVA official



ARC to fund study on C&G corridor



The Southern High Speed Rail Commission is trying to convince cities throughout the Southeast to take advantage of a golden opportunity http://www.cbs42.com/content/localnews/story/High-Speed-Rail/4WGT8teitkGCglFW-oF79g.cspx 


The next best state was Mississippi who posted a 12% gain (in international exports). Only four states and one territory showed increases with all other states experiencing decreases for the first two months of 2009.



Many area retailers remain in the dark about the state’s first sales tax-free weekend and the Mississippi State Tax Commission is launching a campaign to inform retailers.



Kosciusko-Attala Development Corporation CEO Steve Zea and Steve Russell with North Central Planning Development District discussed plans for the Kosciusko Attala Technology and Training Center



Joey Deason, deputy director of the Mississippi Development Authority, told attendees that MDA will receive roughly $158 million



IEDC to host Building Resilient Economies, A Workshop on Accessing Funding and Resources for Gulf Coast Economic Recovery (free for attendees from Mississippi and Louisiana) in partnership with the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Louisiana Department of Economic Development (LED) and the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). June 10, New Orleans, LA  http://www.iedconline.org/?p=Resilient_Economies_Workshop#agenda IEDC has developed a one-day workshop to connect economic development practitioners, chamber representatives and their public officials with the various federal and state program representatives, foundations and experts to provide critical information on how communities can access funds for long-term recovery and use them effectively. This free workshop is designed to be interactive and provide tools and techniques to help communities access available economic development resources in these challenging times. 

Other special invitations that are on the MEDC calendar:

May 4-5 – Quality of Life Summit “The Power of a Beautiful Place” Area Development Partnership, Hattiesburg http://www.qualityoflifesummit.com

May 5-6 – Business & Procurement Opportunities Conference
MDA & MS Association of Governmental Purchasing/Property Agents, Jackson, MS

May 7 – Doing Business in Chile – U. S. Commercial Service, Jackson, MS http://www.medc.ms/ExportAsst_BusinessInChile.pdf

May 14 – Export University – Export 101 – Introduction to Exporting,.Mississippi District Export Council, U.S. Commercial Service, Jackson, MS http://www.medc.ms/ExportAnnouncement_4-09.pdf

May 14 – Focus on Furniture – Mississippi State University Franklin Furniture Institute http://www.ffi.msstate.edu/focus.asp

July 22 – 24 – MEDC Summer Conference, Beau Rivage, Gulfport, MS
Communicate . Educate . Innovate . A Beacon for the Future

Brochure and other information is on the MEDC website. Watch for your brochure in the mail.

August 15 – 16 – SEDC Annual Conference, Point Clear, AL www.sedc.org

Carol Hardwick, Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council, Inc. (MEDC)
P. O. Box 3721, Jackson, MS  39207
601-352-1909 .
carol@medc.ms . www.medc.ms
2009 Summer Conference . July 22-24 . Beau Rivage . Biloxi

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