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Economic Development News – September 6, 2009

Partners for Pearl River County heard some real straight talk Monday night from an economics expert who pulled no punches during his presentation.

Plans to expand downtown’s Renasant Center for IDEAs will move forward after officials learned Monday that they won a much-anticipated $2.7 million grant for the project.

Site Selection magazine has named the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Entergy Corporation two of the Top Utilities of 2008. And, it gave Mississippi Power an honorable mention.

A multi-media communications project produced by Marketing Alliance for the Sumter Development Board in Sumter, South Carolina received the Special Judges Award at the Communications Awards ceremony at the Southern Economic Development Council’s (SEDC) Annual Conference held recently in Point Clear, Alabama. 

Lee County and the CDF unveiled plans in July to double the size of the business incubator if they could obtain the grant. A 24,300-square-foot facility would be built near the existing 31,180-square-foot incubator.

Keeping Jobs At Home: Strategies That Work …Two examples of successful partnerships are the Center for Manufacturing Excellence, created jointly by the University of Mississippi and Toyota Motor Corporation.

Program awards grants to DeSoto County teachers for classroom use …The sponsors are both the DeSoto County Economic Development Council and the United Way.

2009 Business Facilities Rankings Report …annual look at the top-ranked localities reveals those that are thriving as well as surviving. 

Wicker: Severstal ‘testament to local economic development’

Travel South USA, the official regional destination marketing organization for the 12 Southern state tourism offices, has announced that Mississippi Development Authority Tourism Division director D. Craig Ray has been elected as chairman of its board of directors.

State Rep. Billy Broomfield of Moss Point has been elected as vice chairman of the Economic Development, Transportation and Cultural Affairs Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference.

(Michael) Olivier, a former economic development official on the Mississippi coast, …will become chief executive of the Louisiana Committee of 100 on Oct. 15.

News that the four-laning project was moving on schedule was welcomed by Philadelphia Mayor James Young, who described it as an economic development tool.

Leadership Mississippi 2010-2011 is now accepting applications.  Deadline is October 2, 2009. 

Assessment, asset mapping and addressing challenges are among the steps ahead for a Greater Starkville Development Partnership’s Education Committee.  The recently reorganized GSDP Education Steering Committee held an initial meeting Aug. 27, said GSDP President and CEO Jon Maynard.

Tulane University plans to open its second satellite campus in the state of Mississippi in spring 2010, with first classes by its School of Continuing Studies starting next summer in the city of Madison, located north of Jackson, Miss.

The 12th class of Leadership Attala just completed their weekend retreat at Central Hills Baptist Retreat in Kosciusko.

Mississippi gives job help online …Traffic in WIN Job centers across the state remains strong, but not every county has one.

Converting a vehicle to cleaner propane fuel saves money and the environment, and a coalition led by Blossman Gas of Ocean Springs has received $8.62 million in stimulus funds to bring the alternative fuel technology to the Southeast.

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Carol Hardwick, Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC)
P. O. Box 3721, Jackson, MS  39207
MEDC 2010 Winter Conference . February 3-5 . Hilton . Jackson
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MEDC is Mississippi’s professional association of economic development and chamber of commerce professionals. 

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