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Mississippi Economic Development News – July 27, 2009

July 27, 2009 Leave a comment

MEDC Elects Officers and Directors
Congratulations to the new officers and board members elected during the Membership meeting on Friday at the 2009 MEDC Summer Conference.

Mississippi firms were awarded the Governor’s Cup for work in their communities. Entergy Mississippi, based in Jackson, was honored in the large business category and Metal Tech of Gulfport won in the small business category.  The awards are presented Thursday night during the Mississippi Economic Development Council’s annual convention.

Winners of the prestigious Community Economic Development Awards were announced at the recent Mississippi Economic Development Council 2009 Summer Conference in Biloxi.  The CEDA honors communities throughout Mississippi for their efforts to advance their economic viability through economic and community development programs during the 2008 calendar year.

The 2009 Neshoba County Fair began Friday and runs through July 31 with political speaking scheduled Wednesday and Thursday.

Alabama town tours Columbus for pointers – “I am very impressed with Columbus,” Peterson added. “I am especially impressed with the public and private aspect of it. Everyone here seems to work together to get things done.”

Members and supporters of the Jones County Economic Development Authority (EDA) gathered Tuesday morning at The Reserve to discuss the future of the area.

Hosted by the LSU AgCenter and Mississippi State University Cooperative Extension, the 2009 Miss-Lou Regional Tourism Summit will bring together tourism professionals and others from throughout the two-state region.

Coast Electric Power Association has broken ground on the electric cooperative’s headquarters facility in Kiln.

Northcentral Electric Power Association will spend $13 million to locate its headquarters in Olive Branch.

U. S. Postal Stamps Honor Lighthouses That Stood Defiant to Gulf Coast Hurricanes – The dedication ceremony took place at the Biloxi Lighthouse under conditions in stark contrast to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina . . . .

MEDC members have a special invitation to attend Mississippi Main Street’s Managers Training in August in Tupelo.   The featured speaker, Sylvia Allen, is a national speaker that has appeared at the National Main Street Conference.  She focuses on how to sell sponsorships, selling sponsorships in tough times and fundraising.

The SEDC 2009 Annual Conference is August 15-18 at the Grant Hotel Marriott Resort and Spa in Point Clear, Alabama.

The South Mississippi Contract Procurement Center, Inc. is hosting a Small Business Certifications Workshop on August 4th.

The MEDC 2009 Summer Conference featured outstanding speakers and fun activities.  See for information about each session.  Photos will soon be on the website at

Special thanks to the conference committee chaired by Larry Barnett for putting on an first-class conference –
Deborah Reynolds, Dianne Carson, Christy Knapp, Cliff Brumfield, Tim Mood, Blake Wallace, Joy Foy, Alecia Crawford, Chuck Ueltschey, Barbara Smith, Aaron Ray Akers, Marcia Crawford, Charlotte Koestler, and Frank Howell. 

Thanks also to others who volunteered during the conference –
Bill Webb, Joi Olive, Mike Turner, Rebecca Ferguson, Larkin Simpson, Gerald Mills, Wiltz Cutrer, Ken Ray, Ken Holms, Adam Hubble, Kathy Steen, Kyle Brown, Mark Weilenman, Elizabeth Taylor, Valerie Crout, Jack Curry. If you would like to volunteer during the 2010 Winter Conference, contact

What topics and speakers do you want to hear at Winter Conference in February?
. . . or at the Member-to-Member Seminar in September?
Send your suggestions to

Carol Hardwick, Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council, Inc. (MEDC)
601-352-1909 . .


MEDC Summer Conference

July 24, 2009 1 comment

Our session on the “YP Impact” which was paneled by leaders of different young professional groups. They discussed the starting up of young professional groups in their communities. The panel mentioned the large turnouts for their initial events and attendance at current events. They mentioned how YP organizations do more than just social events, which included volunteering and helping host forums for the general public.

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July 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Dr. Martha Saunders of the University of Southern Mississippi just addressed the conference.  She showed the audience the universities new video that is being used to celebrate the centennial of the university.  The video describes how the university started out as a teachers college and has now emerged into an intensive research university.  Dr. Saunders discussed how Southern Miss has used research and innovation to create partnerships with General Electric and other companies.  She further discussed how universities are leaders in outreach to the community.

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July 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Mark James spoke about Technology in Economic and Community Development this morning. He began by talking about email etiquette and tips and tricks of using your email. He discussed new technologies that can be used by economic development and chamber officials that can make our offices run more smoothly and keep our contacts more updated. Products he discussed can take a PDF file and convert it to MS format or to a Flash display of a website. The card scanner can reduce the stack of business cards on your desk or TrustFax can allow faxes to be sent straight to your phone for instant access.

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July 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Mark James of ED Solutions was our last speaker today discussing “Using Social Media to Your Advantage.” He said that social media should increase efficiency, speed, and differentiation. Mark said his top 3 social networks were: Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn with ning and YouTube also being important. He explained how these tools can be used by economic development and chamber organizations. We encourage people to follow MEDC at medcinfo!

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July 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Kimberly Nastasi of the Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce addressed the conference this afternoon about “Closing the Generation Gap.” She described the 4 generations currently found in our business offices: Veterans, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y. She discussed the differences in these generations and how they relate to the office. Kimberly described how technology has changed the workplace from Twitter to YouTube to Facebook.

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July 22, 2009 Leave a comment

During lunch our speaker was Mark Henderson with Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company of Kiln, MS. He shared with conference attendees about starting the brewery in 2005 just months before Hurricane Katrina and after the storm the brewery housing Marines. He described their beer Southern Pecan that received 3rd place in the World Beer Cup in 2006. Mark then discussed the need for the company to expand into bottling after the stock market in 2008 led people to eat out less. Lazy Magnolia now has 5 fully marketed beers: Jefferson Stout, Reb Ale, Southern Gold, Indian Summer, and Southern Pecan. The brewery has expanded into 5 states and are currently meeting with business leaders in Nashville, TN and Tampa, FL to expand their markets. He proposed MS to rethink some of their current philosophies. He mentioned a stronger business environment, lower taxes, better infrastructure, and a more entreprenuerial attitude.