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Mississippi Economic Development News – May 11, 2009

Economic Development News – Week of May 11

The Arts Reinvestment Initiative, a new grant just announced by the Mississippi Arts Commission, will support arts-related jobs threatened by the weak economy.  ARI will provide one-time grants to nonprofit organizations or government agencies in Mississippi to sustain jobs in the arts that have been cut or are in danger of being eliminated due to the current national economic downturn.

Communities have a new tool to attract business and industry to Mississippi, a workforce analysis report produced by Entergy Mississippi Inc. and four economic development groups.

At a time when the stock market is slumping, Mississippians are making the smartest investment possible in an uncertain economy: providing a better start in life for some of our most vulnerable children.  Together with national foundations, Mississippi’s business and charitable communities have contributed $5 million.

A few weeks ago, McComb and Pike County received the results of an analysis from the First Impressions program, a state program that helps cities and counties focus on the future. The visitors, who were here last October, noted a number of positive things about the city and the county.

Mike Webb is cool and collected, but when conversation turns to economic development, his enthusiasm is contagious.  As the assistant vice president of economic development for the Area Development Partnership …

Mississippi Celebrates Its Grammy® Legacy May 28th With Star-Studded Gala in Tunica Hosted by Governor Barbour.

In addition to more than 250 students who graduated on Saturday, the University of Southern Mississippi-Gulf Coast feted Coast businessman and community leader Jerry St. Pe’ who is now one of only five to ever receive an honorary degree from USM….As one of the founders of the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation, St. Pé now serves as a member of the organization’s board of directors.

Gov. Haley Barbour’s proposal to restrict the government’s taking of private property died Thursday as Mississippi lawmakers ended a special session without considering his plan.

Administrators of the local chamber of commerce, tourism bureau and a downtown promotional group have all agreed to rough terms of a deal to share offices at the Levee Street Depot, said (Vicksburg) Mayor Laurence Leyens Friday, but details of the agreement are pending.

Delta Council will host its 74th annual meeting at Delta State University’s Bologna Performing Arts Center at 10:30 a.m. June 12.

Jay Moon, president of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, told a Calhoun Economic Development Association (CEDA) audience that “workforce development” is most critical for a strong economy.

Exports of frozen poultry at the Port of Pascagoula, Miss. increased some 93 percent, to 85,486 tons from 44,270, during the first quarter of 2009 as compared to the first quarter of 2008.

Following Gulf Coast Renaissance Corporation’s announcement of its MyHome MyCoast program April 8, the nonprofit organization received more than 3,000 phone calls from potential applicants within five days.  MyHome MyCoast focuses on closing the affordable workforce-housing gap in Mississippi’s six southern counties.

The Growth Alliance president paid a visit to the Clay County Board of Supervisors Thursday — providing an update on the organization’s activities.  Jeff Rowell, who has been at the helm of the Growth Alliance since the beginning of the year, said he plans to start making regular visits to the supervisors.

Harrah’s much publicized partnership with Jimmy Buffett for construction of the Margaritaville casino and resort on the beach in Biloxi remains an important project, says the company’s central dividion chief. 

Tourism is up in Grenada, according to Walter McCool, executive director of tourism.  In  the past seven months (October 2008 through April 2009), tourism taxes increased 10 percent over the same months a year ago.        

The WAEM Town “Designing our Future” Workshop included a hands-on design exercise that focused on problem-solving in a hypothetical town in Mississippi.  “Everyone who attended WAEM Town is a winner,” said Ken Dupre’, WAEM Program Coordinator.  “They can now bring this valuable community place building process back to their own communities.”

2009 Governor’s Workforce Mississippi Reemployment Summit will be held May 18 – 19 in Jackson.  http://guest.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Summary.aspx?e=6b5ac218-bce3-4c03-a895-b0fb381353e5

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

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