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Mississippi Economic Development News – August 10, 2009

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Biomass conversion facilities can now begin enrollment in the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), aimed at helping increase production of renewable energy.

Restoring passenger rail service from New Orleans along the Gulf Coast to Orlando will cost tens of millions of dollars and take a minimum of almost two years to accomplish, according to a new Amtrak study that also predicts the revived route would continue to be a money-loser.

“The Mississippi Development Authority is pleased that HK Automotive Corporation is considering locating its manufacturing and corporate headquarters operation in Mississippi. . . “

Area hotel owners are expecting to reap the benefits of the more than 5,000 out-of-town visitors expected for the 2009 Dixie Youth World Series that opens today.  Donna Williams, director of the Jones Co. Chamber of Commerce, said restaurants are also excited about the economic boost.

MEP has multiple receipt and delivery points along the pipeline system, which originates in Southeast Oklahoma, crosses Northeast Texas, North Louisiana and Central Mississippi and ends in Alabama.

Spirit Magazine, the monthly periodical of Southwest Airlines, profiles the “city with soul” (Jackson) in its August issue.  With a circulation of over 3.1 million readers, the magazine is in every seatback of every Southwest Airlines Flight.

Ocean Springs is one of the cities that shows tremendous potential for the mixed use lifestyle which puts a premium on downtown living.

Mississippi Export Railroad will add a 40,000-square-foot bulk storage warehouse and about 30 jobs to its Moss Point facility, leaders said this week.

Mississippi’s largest employer believes in hiring well-trained workers from the state.  That is why Northrop Grumman actively recruits Jones County Junior College to hire graduates of its welding program. 

Ron Hudson, Chamber of Commerce, comments “I think it is important that a community have a railroad.  Rail is absolutely essential to be able to compete for prospects.  It keeps us from being eliminated.”  With the cost of fuel steady going up, rail is the answer for some businesses.

The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) Division of Tourism today announces five casino courses cited for distinction from Southern Gaming Destinations Magazine as “Top 10 Casino Courses” are located in the Magnolia State – the nation’s top golf-and-gaming destination.

Paul Latture resigned his Jackson position Friday to become president of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. He starts his job as head of the state’s third largest Chamber of Commerce on Monday.

“Generating Business During Tough Economic Times” will be held Thursday at 8 a.m. in the State Bank State Room.  The event, sponsored by the Mississippi Development Authority, the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and The DAILY LEADER, will be hosted by John Lindsey.

More than 500 showed up for the Area Development Partnership event.

In economic development, the Trent Lott International Airport is expanding; Singing River Island is getting improvements; the county is working with Signal International on dredging the channel; and VT Halter Marine has a building under construction.

International Economic Development Council Grant Station Insider 

If you missed the Mississippi Development Authority’s webinar on “Tapping Into the Programs of the Economic Development Administration” with Tonia Williams, CEcD, Economic Development Representative, U. S. EDA, Atlanta, you are in luck.  It was recorded and can be accessed at  

The results of the 2008 Mississippi Salary Survey of Mississippi Economic Development Professionals is now on the MEDC website.

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

The New South Economic Development Course will be held in Biloxi September 20-25.  This fast-paced, intensive training course incorporates business, developer and public perspectives.  Using a case study, the course brings a real-world experience into the classroom and turns the theories examined into a practical experience. The Heidel Leadership Award will be given to an MEDC member attending.
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Carol Hardwick, Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council, Inc. (MEDC)
601-352-1909 . . 

MEDC is Mississippi’s professional association of economic development and chamber of commerce professionals. 


Mississippi Economic Development News – August 3, 2009

August 3, 2009 Leave a comment

A startup car company says it’s moving forward with plans to build a multibillion dollar plant in Mississippi that could produce a million fuel efficient vehicles a year.

The economic development team at Entergy Mississippi Inc. has launched a new web site that connects business leaders around the world to Mississippi communities. The URL is

“We are delighted to have these new members to contribute to the ongoing discussion toward advocating energy solutions that will benefit Mississippians and fuel economic growth,” said Advance Mississippi chairman Glenn McCullough Jr.

A firm has been chosen to provide a feasibility study on building an arena in downtown Jackson.

AARP’s July publication highlights Oxford, MS as one of their Top 10 picks for Places To Live The Simple Life.

Christy Knapp assumes expanded role with Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation.’s_Promotion.pdf

MDA-ED officials say some $10 million in grants will be available through the Mississippi Job Protection through Energy Economic Development project.

Grenada County MS Selects Pablo Diaz as First Executive Director for Economic Development

During the week-long workshop that began July 20, the Mississippi Main Street Association and the Laurel community rallied together to develop a master plan for the development of historic downtown.

Sen. Thad Cochran’s office released a list of projects, including seven in Northeast Mississippi, due to be funded if H.R. 3288 is passed by the full Senate as expected.

The Kosciusko Mayor and Board of Aldermen agreed to look into selling a portion of the Mid-Mississippi Eco-Plex (industrial park) on Highway 19 during the July 21 meeting.  Mayor Jimmy Cockroft said an adjoining land owner is interested in a section of the land.

Southwest Mississippi Resource Conservation and Development, a nonprofit based in Brookhaven, will receive almost $100,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to start or expand businesses in rural communities.

The city of Waveland received the green light to build a business incubator on Coleman Avenue to entice commerce in hopes of revitalizing the downtown district that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Cooper’s Expansion – The Community Development Foundation’s David Rumbarger said in February the expansion would bring 50 to 150 new jobs to Tupelo. Cooper operates with direct employee and contract workers in its Tupelo operations.

The 72,000 square foot glass building, designed by ESI Design of New York, will provide a showcase for the world-class level of exploration and discovery that has been a part of NASA, Stennis Space Center and Mississippi for over 40 years.

The New South Economic Development Course will be held at the Courtyard Marriott in Gulfport September 20 – 25.  This IEDC basic course, the only one offered in Mississippi, is one of the first requirements to gaining your Certified Economic Developer designation from IEDC.

The Mississippi District Export Council presents EXPORT UNIVERSITY Export 101 – An Introduction to Exporting Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The United States Commercial Service in conjunction with the U.S. Census Bureau is sponsoring an Automated Export System (AES) Compliance Seminar and Workshop in Jackson, MS on August 13-14, 2009. 

Carol Hardwick, Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council, Inc. (MEDC)
P. O. Box 3721, Jackson, MS  39207
601-352-1909 .
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