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Mississippi Economic Development News – July 20, 2009

A new steel processing plant could bring a $15 million investment and eventually 50 jobs to Lowndes County, the company’s president and economic development officials said.  Mississippi Steel Processing president Chip Gerber said Thursday the upstart company will begin construction of a 160,000-square-foot plant in September in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park.

The Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi business leaders to the SEUS-CP second annual Conference next month. SEUS-CP, an alliance of southeastern states and Canadian provinces, will convene July 26-28 in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

The newly formed Mississippi Energy Policy Institute forged an initial slate of energy issues it feels are important Monday.

“We’ve received notice from the DOE that they have agreed to negotiate a loan guarantee with Mississippi Gasification LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Leucadia Corp. out of New York,” said George Freeland, director of Jackson County’s Economic Development Foundation.

…Corrections Corporation of America hosted the official grand opening of the multi-million dollar Adams County Correctional Facility…     But like (MDA Executive Director Gray) Swoope and others noted, that potential cannot be utilized unless teamwork between county, city and state representatives is firmly in place. http://tinyurl.com/kvdh7y

East Mississippi Community College President Dr. Rick Young says the free tuition allows free tuition to high school graduates in EMCC’s service area, and can cover up to four semesters.  Young said it’s not only beneficial to students but also to business and economic development.

The newest Mississippi Blue Trail marker … honors one of Greenwood’s oldest African American neighborhoods.

Trina George was recently named as Mississippi State Director for Rural Development at the United States Department of Agriculture.  She was named to the post June 30 by President Barack Obama.

Neshoba County Fair political speaking ‘light menu’ still tasty – Lack of active election cycle cuts speaking slate back, but fireworks remain.

Local site prime for hybrid plant … Local Chamber of Commerce Director and Economic Development Authority Board member Lyn Arnold reports that presentations as well as negotiations with several industries, including but not limited to assorted auto manufacturers, have been ongoing for several years. Arnold noted that due to the competitive nature of economic development projects, secrecy is a top priority.

Gov. Haley Barbour and members of Mississippi’s congressional delegation are applauding the U.S. Air Force’s decision to base its new Undergraduate Cyberspace Training unit at Keesler Air Force Base.

Carol Hardwick, Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council, Inc.
P. O. Box 3721, Jackson, MS  39207
601-352-1909 | www.medc.ms
2009 Summer Conference July 22-24, 2009

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