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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of March 15, 2010

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of March 15, 2010

MEDC Chamber Workshop – March 23 – “ALL SHOOK UP ON TUPELO – How to Shake Up Your Chamber to Better Serve Your Members”  – Register by Thursday, March 18 – Registration form at www.medc.ms

MEDC Member-to-Member Seminar – April 13 – “Nuclear Energy and Mississippi” – with Kenneth Hughey, Vice President of Business Development of Entergy Nuclear. Information and registration form at www.medc.ms

Monsanto held a ground-breaking ceremony today for a $2.4 million corn breeding station in Flora.  The 26,000-square-foot corn breeding station in the Flora Industrial Park will employ approximately 10 full-time and up to 50 seasonal workers.

A German company broke ground on a $300-million pipe manufacturing plant today in Tunica County, kicking off a development that officials believe will have far-reaching economic benefits.

Mississippi lawmakers have passed a $50-million bond bill to attract a company that might build solar panels in the state.   House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Percy Watson says the company would create 500 jobs within five years with salary and benefits packages averaging at least $34,000.

A new film studio, complete with sound stage and production office space, will be built in Canton to encourage movie production in the state.  State officials say the 39,000-square-foot facility, called The Mississippi Film Studios at Canton, could employ up to 250 workers when film production is underway.

The state Senate has passed a bill to provide help the cut & sew industry in Mississippi.

The U.S. Senate yesterday unanimously confirmed Earl F. Gohl Jr. as federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

And in a measure of “dollars invested and deals” secured, Columbus has been listed as a top micropolitan area for 2009 by Site Selection magazine.

The Mississippi Main Street Association economic development project for the City of Ellisville is already paying dividends.

Similarities between Panama and the Mississippi Gulf Coast are creating connections between the two leading up to the expansion of the Panama Canal and the Port of Gulfport.

Keesler’s total economic impact for Fiscal Year 2009 has been calculated at more than $1.10 billion.

We left Monday’s Hernando Chamber of Commerce Luncheon with a full stomach and positive outlook on the path of our neighbor to the north.

Nissan on Wednesday debuted the first light commercial vehicle that will be built at its Canton plant and sold in North America during a truck show in St. Louis.  The company will complete a $118 million plant expansion in the next month to build the NV commercial van, which will go on sale later this year.

Officials in Gautier seem to have generated a lot of momentum for change by soliciting residents’ opinions of the city. Now the city’s challenge is harnessing that energy and using it to achieve specific, well-thought-out goals.

“The inventory is broad and it’s deep,” George Freeland, executive director of the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation said. “Each locale has clearly demonstrated its capacity to attract new aerospace investment, and that’s happened independent of the tanker. We have to keep that in perspective here.”

Three new grant opportunities totaling $193.2 million, are being announced by the Department of Labor as open for application: $125 million in Community-Based Job Training grants; $1.2 million in Trade Adjustment Assistance grants and $67 million in Indian and Native American Employment and Training Program grants.  The Solicitation for Grant Application (SGA) for each grant is published in the Federal Register.

The Department of Labor has a new online suite of resources for grant applicants.  Created by the Department’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), the new site will introduce potential grantees to ETA grants and provide examples to guide people through the process of applying. 

Blues Trail car tags are now available!  Not only do they help promote the state, they also help fund the Mississippi Blues Commission’s projects, including aid for older musicians and expenses of the Miss. Blues Trail marker program.

Building on the prior successes of YourTown Alabama and WAEMTown events, the Mississippi State University Community Action Team is excited to launch YourTown Mississippi! The mix of presentations, hands-on design work, and lots of sharing and discussing will create a dynamic learning environment loaded with practical ideas to take home and apply in your community.  May 18-20, 2010, Lake Tiak O’Khata Louisville.  Community teams are encouraged to apply early; the workshop is limited to 60 participants.

Take advantage of upcoming opportunities to expand your business into other Southeast states and Canadian markets by participating in the business to business matchmaking program at the 3rd Annual SEUS CP 2010 Conference, April 11-13, 2010 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Register today at www.seuscp.org  

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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