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Mississippi Economic Development News – June 1, 2009

Governor Haley Barbour named six Mississippi businesses as the district winners of the prestigious Governor’s Cup, which recognizes businesses in the private sector that have made a significant impact within their communities. The winners are being recognized for their achievements during the 2008 calendar year.  The Mississippi Development Authority, along with the Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC) will recognize all of the district winners and announce the statewide winners at the annual MEDC awards banquet on July 23, 2009, at the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi , Miss.  See the list of winners at:

A recent surge of industries and jobs in Lowndes County during the past year has rocketed Columbus near the top of a list of nationwide economic strength ratings for micropolitan statistical areas.  “This year, we actually moved into, I’d say, the top 17 percent of all micropolitan areas in the United States ,” said Columbus-Lowndes Development Link Chief Executive Officer Joe Higgins. “We’ve really come a long way from where we were a few years ago.”

“With the U.S. economy still declining, we’re seeing these large layoffs across the nation. For Mississippi to hold steady in its employment says our economy isn’t hurting as bad as the national economy,” (State Economist Dr. Phil) Pepper said.  However, he said the state’s declining revenue is reflective of the national situation.

Each year, Site Selection selects the previous year’s Top Economic Development Groups based upon various aspects. Community Development Foundation in Tupelo was once again named in this Top 10 Group of Economic Development Groups.

The Port of Greenville will use $3 million from the state to buy new equipment and resurface its dock area.  Port director Tommy Hart says $1.4 million will be spent on an automated system that removes grain from a truck and puts in into a pit. From there, it goes on a conveyer to the overhead crane facility. 
http://deltabusinessjournal.com (Scroll down)

More than a dozen community members and leaders gathered Friday at Columbus ’ Main Street office for the beginning phase of a September design charrette, an intensive planning session usually involving citizens, designers and others who collaborate on development of a vision, mission or goal.

The Hernando Chamber plans to move into its new headquarters at 2440 U.S. Hwy. 51 by the end of the week.  Angie Hick, the Chamber’s executive director, said the Chamber staff has outgrown its current location inside the old city hall building.

“Purely from an economic standpoint, if you had liquor by the drink you would have more restaurants and more convention-type hotels,” Rankin First Economic Development Authority Director Tom Troxler said.

How well do you know your customer?  That was the question posed to members of the Senatobia business community at a seminar last week. The meeting, which was sponsored by Sycamore Bank and the Tate County Economic Development Foundation, was the second to be addressed by John Brandon.

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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