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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of February 15, 2010

February 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of February 15, 2010

Delta city (Tunica) getting first major airline
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/02/delta-city-getting-first-major-airline/

Townhouse Home Furnishings, a stationary furniture manufacturer located in Monroe County, is adding a new access road and undertaking other infrastructure improvements in order to accommodate future growth.  Additionally, Jamco Furniture Industries, an upholstered furniture manufacturer located in Tishomingo, is expanding its facility in order to accommodate an increase in production.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/02/townhouse-jamco-to-expand/

Manufacturer Parker Hannifin has announced an expansion in Batesville that will add 50 jobs.
http://www.sunherald.com/218/story/1936921.html

On Feb. 5 the state Public Service Commission wrapped up its week-long resource hearings for a proposed $2.5-billion clean coal plant in Kemper County with a public forum at which more than 40 speakers were divided evenly on support or opposition to the plant.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/02/kemper-coal-plant-hearings-wrap-up/

Education-business link helping to build good workforce across the state When Severstal Columbus opened its doors in Aug. 2007, only 10 percent of its 545 employees had experience in the steel industry. 
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/02/juco-partnerships-are-good-business/

“That’s a $20-million payroll and 114 acres in the middle of my city,” said Joe Max Higgins, CEO of the Link.  Such passion for the university, Higgins said, comes with his job.  “I’m fired up,” he said. “Economic opportunity is my job, and I would not be doing this if I was not passionate about it.”
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/02/merger-economics/

With an eye toward working in unity, local officials met Monday with Mississippi State University representatives, intending to craft short-term priorities and longer-term vision in coming weeks.
http://www.starkvilledailynews.com/content/view/198426/1/

10 Reasons to Feel Better About Last Year – from MDA E-news
http://pressroom.mississippi.org/enews/02_02_10enews.pdf

Economic development groups from North Mississippi, West Tennessee and East Arkansas have joined forces to revise an extensive workforce study
http://www.calhouncountyjournal.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2214:workforce-study-to-identify-job-opportunities&catid=1:latest-news

The Jackson County Port Authority will provide $35,000 for a study on creating a rail line linking east-central Mississippi to coastal ports.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100210/NEWS/100210012/-1/Nletter03/Study-to-look-at-rail-line-to-Miss.-Coast?source=nletter-nletter-news

The Secretary of State’s office on Wednesday morning said it’s transferring 50 parcels of land held for nonpayment of taxes to the city of Jackson for redevelopment.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100210/NEWS/100210022/-1/Nletter03/Land-transfer-may-help-Jackson-fight-blight?source=nletter-nletter-news

Mississippi officials are optimistic about Toyota plant
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100214/BIZ/2140332/1005/biz/Mississippi-officials-optimistic-about-Toyota-plant

A federal grant to bring a business incubator downtown and provide jobs training is being sought by the Community Development Partnership.
http://www.neshobademocrat.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=297&ArticleID=20408

CDC:  People in sunny states happiest – The state-by-state list from happiest to least cheery ranks Mississippi as number 7.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-12-18-happiest-states_N.htm?csp=usat.me

The Economic Development News is a weekly service provided to members of the Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC), Mississippi’s state association of economic development and chamber of commerce professionals – www.medc.ms

Carol Hardwick, Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC)
P. O. Box 3721, Jackson, MS  39207
www.medc.ms 
MEDC Regional Chamber Workshop . March 23 . Tupelo
MEDC Member-to-Member Seminar . April 13 . Jackson
MEDC 2010 Summer Conference . July 21-23 . Beau Rivage . Biloxi

Mississippi Economic Develpment News – Week of February 8, 2010

February 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of February 8, 2010

Max Home is investing over $850,000 in equipment and building upgrades for the expansion, which would add 100 jobs at the facility. The company will now have 375 workers in Fulton.
http://nems360.com/view/full_story/5804777/article-UPDATE–Max-Home-to-add-100-jobs?instance=home_news_1st_left

Contractor chosen for $5.4M expansion of Tupelo’s Renasant Center – CDF President and CEO David Rumbarger told the Daily Journal on Monday the (business-incubator) expansion likely will bring an additional 200 jobs.
http://tinyurl.com/yguukv9

The move by St. Dominic Health Systems to build a hospital in Madison County is more than just a health issue, but an economic development one too, officials say.
http://www.mcherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100201/NEWS/100201002/Hospital-touted-as-economic-development

Also on hand to speak to the group were John Turner, from Entergy Mississippi; Jim Flannigan, with the DeSoto County Economic Development Council; and Sonny Simmons with the Panola Partnership.
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1867&dept_id=124334&newsid=20407056&PAG=461&rfi=9

Designer and artist Gail Pittman will return to the studio to focus on the growing area of design and licensing – creating opportunity for new custom patterns for tableware and home accessories.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/02/pittman-going-back-in-business/

The future of the Hattiesburg intermodal facility is tied up with the request for federal funding, but it is not too early to start laying the groundwork for this important economic development project.
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20100207/OPINION/2070333  

An Economic Development Advisory Committee of about 30 residents and business owners was formed to study the city’s plans for development and set goals and priorities.
http://www.sunherald.com/local/story/1917353.html

‘Visionary’ ex-Mississippi Choctaw chief Martin dies
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/05/AR2010020502155.html

Vicksburg native Charlotte Koestler was elected president of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Alliance for Economic Development.

Horn Lake Aldermen also adopted a resolution to establish the city’s newly formed Economic Development Advisory Board to help promote economic growth in the city.
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/feb/05/26000-bid-okd-on-sewer-project/

Oxford homeowners sell solar power to the grid
http://www.nems360.com/view/full_story/5741279/article-Oxford-homeowners-sell-solar-power-to-the-grid?instance=secondary_stories_left_column

The Economic Development News is a weekly service provided to members of the Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC), Mississippi’s state association of economic development and chamber of commerce professionals – www.medc.ms

Carol Hardwick, Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC)
P. O. Box 3721, Jackson, MS  39207
www.medc.ms 
MEDC 2010 Summer Conference . July 21-23 . Beau Rivage . Biloxi

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of February 1, 2010

February 22, 2010 Leave a comment

The MEDC Legislative Breakfast is Wednesday morning, February 3, at 7:30 at Galloway United Methodist Church at 305 North Congress.  It is open to all MEDC members.  A shuttle will leave the Hilton at 7:00 a.m. and return after the breakfast. Be sure to contact your legislators and invite them to meet you there.  Marshall Ramsey will present “Mississippi – Captured in Cartoons.”

Don’t forget that the Mississippi Development Authority budget hearing in the House Appropriation Subcommittee will be Tuesday, February 2, at 1:30 in Room 201A of the State Capitol.  Their funding affects all MEDC members.  Let’s all show our support for MDA by attending.

The 2010 MEDC Winter Conference “REINVENTING, RENEWING, REFOCUSING DURING CHALLENGING TIMES” starts this Wednesday at 1:00 at the Hilton.

Shuqualak Lumber, one of the largest producers of yellow pine in the Southeast, is expanding its operations by adding a new wood shaving mill.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/01/shuqualak-lumber-adding-mill/

Community Development Foundation CEO David Rumbarger said he sensed economic recovery on the minds of both manufacturers and buyers.
http://nems360.com/pages/full_story/push?article-EDITORIAL-+Shades+of+recovery%20&id=5659144&instance=lead_story_left_column

Gov. Haley Barbour strongly supports workforce training and now our legislators have expressed their support by providing funds.
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20100127/OPINION/1270302

If you are going out soliciting and trying to get a prospect to come to Harrison County, Mississippi, or wherever, allowing that to get into the public could hinder your efforts to lure that industry into the area.
http://www.gulflive.com/newsflash/index.ssf?/base/national-101/1264709783144870.xml&storylist=miss_news

As the Jackson area looks to stage a significant economic recovery in 2010, its well-established medical sector could mark a way forward, speakers said Wednesday during the Greater Jackson Chamber partnership’s annual meeting.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100128/BIZ/1280336/-1/NLETTER01/Recovery-major-challenge-for-2010?source=nletter-NEWS-JacksonMS-controlsubjectlinetest

Starkville officials strategize on vital improvements.
http://www.starkvilledailynews.com/content/view/196461/

(Biloxi Mayor A. J.) Holloway said there is plenty of good news as the city continues to rebuild from Katrina and launches a new campaign for economic development.
http://www.sunherald.com/local/story/1902530.html

(Duane) Bullard added, “Five Star has been renovating the offices and building to suit their needs while transferring all production to the Five Star production process. . . . The plant should see the addition of at least 25 new hires over the next couple of years.”
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/01/rockwater-gulf-coast-lands-buyer/

The report’s most important recommendation, Walley said, is the creation of a citizen-driven Delta Strategic Compact to facilitate fundamental change in the Delta. It could be modeled, he said, after the CREATE Foundation in Northeast Mississippi.
http://gwcommonwealth.com/articles/2010/01/26/news/top_stories/01262010news02.txt

Expanding broadband Internet service into rural and poor communities affects everything from medical to economic development plans, speakers said Friday morning during a hearing at Jackson State University.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100130/BIZ/1300334/-1/Nletter01/Internet-access-limited-for-rural-poor?source=nletter-NEWS-JacksonMS-weekendsubjectlinetest

With so much bad economic news, Benjie Barham, director of business development at the Hinds County Economic Development District and coalition board president, said the new dealership is a relief.
http://tinyurl.com/ybcjnql

Southern District Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz requests anyone wanting to enter a writer public comment into the public record concerning Mississippi Power Co.’s proposed IGCC plant in Kemper County do so no later than 9 a.m. Feb. 5.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/02/comment-deadline-set-for-igcc-plant/

The Economic Development News is a weekly service provided to members of the Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC), Mississippi’s state association of economic development and chamber of commerce professionals – www.medc.ms

Carol Hardwick, Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC)
P. O. Box 3721, Jackson, MS  39207
www.medc.ms 
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.

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of January 25, 2010

February 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of January 25, 2010

Mississippi claims its place at the Southeast’s booming aerospace table.  Move over, automotive industry. You’ve got company. The entire Southeast is home to a thriving aviation industry, and Mississippi is no exception.
http://www.siteselection.com/features/2010/jan/Mississippi/

Gov. Haley Barbour says Mississippi needs to continue focusing on job creation so the state can be ready to emerge from the national recession.
http://www.wdam.com/Global/story.asp?S=11841729

(Joe) Geddie, Director of the North Mississippi Industrial Development Association, cautioned guests that the current recession should not be used to slow or stop progress in developing and maintaining potential industrial sites or plans.
http://www.chickasaw360.com/view/full_story/2220504/article-Time-to-press-forward

“Gerald Mills has been instrumental with working with MDA to gain the funding and create this unique future development enticement for Winston County,” said (Mayor Will) Hill.
http://www.winstoncountyjournal.com/view/full_story/5625371/article-City-plans–pioneer–economic-development-project?instance=winstonhome_news_2nd_left

During the organization’s monthly meeting, (Mitch) Stennett said more than $100 million worth of work has come to the county from 2009-2010.
http://www.leadercall.com/local/local_story_022112902.html

In fact, the American Legislative Exchange Council ranked Mississippi 19th among the states best positioned for economic recovery.   “Government spending, especially aerospace and defense will grow in Mississippi,” (Phil) Hardwick said. “Also, energy can become a big opportunity. We are a huge energy-producing state.”
http://www.tradingmarkets.com/news/stock-alert/etr_xom_jpm_northeast-mississippi-economic-forecast-conference-talks-about-recovery-mode-718375.html

Area Development Partnership President Chad Newell only has been in his position for three weeks, but he already has a clear vision on what the organization should focus on this year.
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20100120/NEWS01/1200322/1002

The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) held a public hearing in Laurel as a part of the agency’s preparation to submit its five-year plan to federal officials.
http://www.leadercall.com/local/local_story_024121620.html

Twenty-five companies from across the state have been awarded federal funding totaling more than $5 million for energy-efficiency projects, in the name of job creation and retention. It may sound strange, but the premise behind the program is turn off a light, save a job.
http://www.allbusiness.com/economy-economic-indicators/economic-indicators/13735725-1.html

Effective Monday, February 1, Tonia Williams, Economic Development Administration Representative for Mississippi, will assume the role of Area Director in the Philadelphia (PA) Regional Office (EDA).   Until further notice, Mr. Gilbert Patterson will serve as Economic Development Representative for the state of Mississippi.  Gil may be reached at 404-730-3032 or email at gpatterson@eda.doc.gov.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), in cooperation with local governments, will host two public meetings Jan. 25 to discuss high-capacity transit service along the Interstate 69 (I-69) corridor from DeSoto and Tunica counties in Northwest Mississippi to the Memphis Central Business District.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/01/mdot-to-hold-i-69-meetings/

Don’t miss these speakers who will all be in Jackson for the 2010 MEDC Winter Conference:
John Abbate, President, Marketing Alliance, Inc., Jackson, MS
Dr. C. R. (Buzz) Canup, President, Canup & Associates, Greenville, SC
Mark Condon, Executive Director, CenTradeX Services, and World Trade Center, and Nashville, TN
MDA Division Directors, Mississippi Development Authority, Jackson, MS
Carol Puckett, President, Viking Hospitality Group, Greenwood, MS
Marshall Ramsey, Syndicated Cartoonist, Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, MS
Chandler Russ, Director, Existing Industry & Business Division, MDA, Jackson, MS
Kyle Sexton, Founder of Fast Chamber, Co-founder of ChamberThink Strategies, Salem, OR
Stacy Spearman, Senior Vice President and Director, Renasant Financial Services, Tupelo, MS
Gray Swoope, Executive Director, Mississippi Development Authority, Jackson, MS
Jerry V. Teplitz, JD, Ph.D., Jerry Teplitz Enterprises, Virginia Beach, VA

The Economic Development News is a weekly service provided to members of the Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC), Mississippi’s state association of economic development and chamber of commerce professionals – www.medc.ms

Carol Hardwick, Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC)
P. O. Box 3721, Jackson, MS  39207
www.medc.ms 
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.