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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of March 1, 2010

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of March 1, 2010

Register now for the 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.  This workshop is open to MEDC members and all other chamber staff and volunteers.   www.medc.ms  Please forward this information to any chambers in your area.

Folks in and around Walthall County will rest a little easier knowing over 100 new jobs are on the way within the next year and more are to follow.  “…Pam Keaton is to be congratulated for her work in this. It’s through her efforts that Brigade is locating here.”

Another 53,000 square feet will be added to Martinrea Automotive Structure’s plant in the Tupelo-Lee Industrial Park South.  And with it will come another 50 much-needed jobs.

A contract to test engines for unmanned cargo rockets to the International Space Station may propel Stennis Space Center in a new direction for space exploration.

For businesses that need an injection of capital, (Chad) Newell said the ADP offers the Semcic loan program through local banks. Annie McMillan supervises the program.

After 10 years in Jackson, (Natalia) Diaz returned to South Mississippi in 2003. For the past seven years, she has served as senior project manager with the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation.

CoreNet Global today announced the appointment of (MEDC member) Angela Cain as Chief Executive Officer of CoreNet Global, the world’s leading professional association for corporate real estate (CRE) executives, service providers and economic developers.

“A (healthier) company is one that engages in international trade,” said John Henry Jackson, international trade specialist for the Mississippi Development Authority. “Mississippi has a really diverse array of products and companies that export.”

Spreading growth outside of downtown Jackson is an initiative for the new head of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority.  Jason Brookins began working Feb. 1 under a one-year contract as interim executive director.

“I’m seeing restaurants do well downtown and on Highway 98 and on the Hardy Street/98 corridor from downtown to six or seven miles west of Interstate 59,” said Chad Newell, executive director of the Area Development Partnership. “New restaurants are opening in front of big box retailers like Target. Success breeds success.”

Retailers from around Mississippi and several other states will convene in Jackson from June 3-4, 2010, for Mississippi Market, the state’s premier wholesale show. The two-day event, which attracts credentialed buyers from around the country, will be held at the Mississippi Trade Mart building in Jackson.

Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Corporation, will be the keynote speaker for the Southeastern United States – Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) 3rd Annual Conference in Biloxi, Mississippi, April 11-13.

“It’s the population you’re stuck with for 10 years,” (Mayor Parker) Wiseman said. “It not only determines how much federal and state grant money you might be eligible for, but it’s also a number people identify your city with.”

A dedication ceremony for the newly completed Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship is set for March 5 at 5:30 p.m.  The public is invited to the event. The building’s namesake, the Hon. Trent Lott, will be the honored guest …

The Bollinger Foundation is seeking nominations for 2010.  This unique foundation was created to provide financial assistance for the education and support of children who have lost one or both parents.  Priority is given to families in which either the deceased parent worked, or the surviving parent continues to work, in the field of public or affordable housing, or community and economic development

MEDC 2010 Winter Conference photos are now online.  Thanks to Marketing Alliance for providing the majority of the photographs.

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

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