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Mississippi Economic Development News – August 3, 2009

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 MississippiSiteSelection.com.

“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.

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.  http://www.sunherald.com/business/story/1509981.html

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. http://www.usm.edu/profdev_edoutreach/NEWSOUTH.html

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 . carol@medc.ms
2009 Summer Conference photos at www.medc.ms

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