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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of February 22, 2010

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of February 22, 2010

Register now – MEDC Chamber Workshop – “ALL SHOOK UP ON TUPELO – How to Shake Up Your Chamber to Better Serve Your Members” – Tuesday, March 23, 8:30 – 3:30 – www.medc.ms

Horn Lake – Newly Weds Foods, a leader in the production of food coatings, seasonings and ingredients for the food processing and foodservice industries, is investing $1.25 million in new equipment and creating 20 new jobs. 

According to Gov. Haley Barbour, Mississippi has received a $20-million federal grant that will help fund railroad improvements from the Port of Gulfport to Hattiesburg, a major step for the Mississippi economy.

The Mississippi State University College of Business released their Economic Analysis for Mississippi

Super wealthy seek yachts in Mississippi. (Trinity Yachts president John Dane said) “Since we moved the company here after Hurricane Katrina, we have about 650 Trinity workers here and probably 150 subcontractors.”

Which Would You Choose: Growth or Economic Decline? Unless we restore Michigan as an inviting place for investment, business and raising a family, Mississippi will leave us in its economic dust.

Applications for the 2010 Mississippi Banner School in Financial Readiness award are now available. The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and the Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE) have partnered to offer an award to schools for preparing students to be economically and financially ready to participate in the real world.

-The Healthiest Counties in Mississippi – and in the U. S.
-Broadband Match: Sort of a dating service to apply for Recovery Act $$

The Franklin Furniture Institute of Mississippi State University has released the Mississippi Furniture Industry Economic Impacts study.

Here in Mississippi, state officials have come up with a novel approach that they hope will improve the chances that the jobs they create will outlast the subsidies. Labor experts say the experiment is being watched with interest by other states.

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) announced the award of a $4.8-million federal grant to support the rebuilding and expansion of the Regional Workforce Training Center at Southwest Mississippi Community College (SMCC) in Summit.

Navistar Defense, LLC, has been awarded a contract for $752 million to provide 1,050 enhanced International MaxxPro Dash Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. Navistar will conduct work at its Garland, Texas, and West Point, Miss., assembly plants.

Natchez – Local leaders and laymen gathered Monday to discuss the concept of regionalism, and the leaders had one clear message to the laymen — if it’s going to work, it’s up to you.

GIS clusters from around the globe gathered in Mississippi for 2nd International GIS Cluster Conference

On Monday, March 15 the MS World Trade Center and MDA will host a luncheon seminar at the Capitol Club in Jackson, MS on “Doing Business in Israel and the Middle East.”  Sherwin Pomerantz, president, and Benjamin Dansker, VP of ATID EDI Ltd. will share opportunities throughout the Middle East for MS exporters.

Join the MEDC group for members only on LinkedIn.

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 Luncheon . April 13 . Jackson
MEDC 2010 Summer Conference . July 21-23 . Beau Rivage . Biloxi

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