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Mississippi Economic Development News Week of January 4, 2010

The MEDC Winter Conference “REINVENTING, RENEWING, REFOCUSING DURING CHALLENGING TIMES” is February 3-5. Registration information is at www.medc.ms.

With the recession showing signs of ebbing, Gulf of Mexico ports hope hundreds of millions of dollars in expansion projects proposed before the downturn will help them capture more trade as the world economy recovers.

Alan Bates, Choctaw County Economic Development director, said Raven Biofuels is considering the EcoPlex as a prime candidate for a facility.

Mississippi gained an estimated 11,784 new citizens in 2009, according to a newly released Census Bureau report that sets the state population at 2,951,996 for the fiscal year ending June 30,

Gagliano’s little restaurant is one of five new businesses opened in Wesson throughout 2009, one of the most successful years for economic development the town has experienced in quite some time.

Grenada County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Phillip  Heard is to be commended for his devotion to his job and his community, even in the   timing of his planned retirement.

South Mississippi will see major developments and milestones in 2010. http://www.sunherald.com/pageone/story/1838913.html

The past few months have offered some signs of life, according to Jay Moon, president and CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association.

The Brookhaven Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce is a center for changes in the city and the county, and now it’s starting to change a little itself.

Mississippi Main Street confident heading into a new year

(Natchez-Adams Chamber President Debbie) Hudson said specifically the restructuring of the economic development authority, the recreation movement and promoting regionalism will be key focuses in the coming year.

Outgoing Clinton Chamber of Commerce President Nolan Aikens – One of the chamber’s main goals for 2009 was to help Clinton become more visible so that when the economy turns, we will be on the radar screen for businesses and others.

My administration, while focused on this critical legislative session, will continue to pursue job creation and economic development as top priority.

(Ocean Springs) Mayor Connie Moran told board members earlier this month that a new Economic Development Council would work as an ad-hoc committee on behalf of the city to attract new business and enhance the local economy.

The 99th Mississippi Blues Trail marker will be dedicated Wednesday at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia.

The MDA has received $9.6 million to administer the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program and will distribute $175,000 to counties and $100,000 to municipalities.

Tax on soda. The representative (John Mayo) would like to see the money go to the Department of Health, Department of Education and the Mississippi Development Authority.

Golfweek’s 40 Best Casino Courses includes six in Mississippi

Southaven Dining Tax Could Feed Tourism

Here in Mississippi, experts predict that the state will begin a turnaround as well in 2010. Again, it is expected to be a slow and shaky one.

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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