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Economic Development News Week of October 5, 2009

Mississippi Power needs permission to acquire, build and operate the plant and associated transmission and gas pipeline facilities and obtains rights-of-way in Kemper, Lauderdale, Clarke, and Jasper Counties.

Gov. Haley Barbour’s office has announced he’s in Malaysia today for one stop on an Asian economic development trip expected to take him to Singapore and Japan.

Working since June with a consortium of 41 Mississippi counties currently under-served with the technology, officials with the Noxubee Economic and Community Development Alliance have launched an initiative to provide high-speed Internet access to all residents of Noxubee County.

City View Condominiums opened a little more than a week ago. The condos at 827 N. State St. are the latest addition to downtown’s burgeoning market of historic residential renovations. . . . “From a tax base standpoint, having a quality, renovated facility back on the tax base is better than a rundown and vacant facility,” said Benjie Barham, director of business development with Hinds County Economic Development District.

A proposed $2.2 billion Mississippi Power plant that would convert lignite coal into electricity has the potential to bring about 300 jobs to a county with a population around 10,000 and an unemployment rate of 10.6 percent.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is extending its Gulf Opportunity Pilot Loan program through Sept. 30, 2010.

Steel Summit Holdings Inc. celebrated today the grand opening of its new division, Vicksmetal Company, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Vicksburg.

For Kay Olliver, manager of the Greater Belhaven Market, a farmers market is much more than just a place to buy fresh veggies.  “It provides a gathering space, a space for our neighbors to come together in a local market and bring their children and bring their dogs,” she said of the market, which is marking its eighth year in the Belhaven neighborhood of Jackson.

Gov. Haley Barbour said Thursday that dismal September revenues probably mean the state budget faces deeper cuts.

A free Tuesday [Oct. 6] online seminar will explore the possibilities and capabilities of various communication technology applications that are available for businesses to market their brands and communicate with potential customers and others.  Interested individuals should contact Debbie Miller at MSU at dmiller@cfr.msstate.edu or 662-325-6787. 

MEDC Calendar:
November 17 – MEDC Regional Chamber Workshop, Newton, MS “Connecting With Your Members”
December 8 – MEDC Member-to-Member Seminar, Jackson, MS “Existing Industry & Business – A Fresh Approach” with Chandler Russ, Director, EIB Division, MDA

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
MEDC 2010 Summer Conference . July 21-23 . Beau Rivage . Biloxi

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

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