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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of February 15, 2010

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of February 15, 2010

Delta city (Tunica) 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.

Manufacturer Parker Hannifin has announced an expansion in Batesville that will add 50 jobs.

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.

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. 

“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.”

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.

10 Reasons to Feel Better About Last Year – from MDA E-news

Economic development groups from North Mississippi, West Tennessee and East Arkansas have joined forces to revise an extensive workforce study

The Jackson County Port Authority will provide $35,000 for a study on creating a rail line linking east-central Mississippi to coastal ports.

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.

Mississippi officials are 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.

CDC:  People in sunny states happiest – The state-by-state list from happiest to least cheery ranks Mississippi as number 7.

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
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

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