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Economic Development News – Week of May 3, 2010

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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of May 3, 2010

A Copiah County chicken processing facility is expanding its operation and adding 200 jobs.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/04/dg-foods-expanding-adding-jobs/

Harrison and Stone counties this week started a study that will map the region’s economic development potential and recommend ways to achieve it over the next 50 years.
http://www.sunherald.com/2010/04/21/2120001/counties-will-study-50-year-picture.html

Barbour says Mississippi has done everything it can to protect its shores, including the deployment of 73,300 feet of boom to hold back oil on the surface.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100503/NEWS/5030325/-1/nletter01/Officials–Leaked-oil-could-hit-state-s-coast-soon?source=nletter-news

Governor Barbour has set up the Mississippi Disaster Recovery Fund for recent storm victims.
 www.mississippirelief.com

Bottletree Bottling Co. soon will produce an initial run of 2,500 cases of Cathead Vodka at the unassuming warehouse off I-55.  Within weeks the building will be transformed with the hum of mixers and the clanking of vodka bottles being put into cases into Mississippi’s first distilled spirits production facility. 
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100502/BIZ/5020338/-1/nletter01/Distillery-raising-Mississippi-spirits?source=nletter-news

An upcoming symposium for local businesses will narrow worldwide, nationwide and statewide economic perspectives to focus on Madison County.
http://www.mcherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100429/NEWS/4290306/Economy-of-county-is-focus-of-symposium

Billionaire Warren Buffett says the American economy is definitely improving with most signs of life coming in manufacturing businesses.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100503/BIZ/5030313/-1/nletter01/Buffett–Economy-on-the-upswing?source=nletter-news

The site, now known as South Pointe Business Park, represents the potential Clinton has once the national economy improves, said Jim Powell, the city’s economic development director.  “This building has become a great asset,” he said.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100430/BIZ/4300340/1005/biz/Clinton-holds-summit

Mississippi Power Co. will not build a coal-fired generating plant in Kemper County.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100430/NEWS/4300359/-1/nletter01/Utility-nixes-Kemper-Co.-plant?source=nletter-news

The Mississippi Business Journal is compiling a list of economic development organizations in the state and they want to hear from you.  There is NO CHARGE for participating.  This will not be an advertisement – lists are provided as a service to their readers.  To be sure you are included go to:
http://msbusiness.com/files/2010/04/economic-development-organizations.pdf

The Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation’s Retiree Attraction Program has released a new promotional video that showcases many Oxford and University community assets.
http://www.msdigitaldaily.com/3/Business/CAT2/New%20Oxford%20Promotional%20Video%20to%20Help%20Bring%20More%20Revenue/1673/default.aspx

Mississippi community and junior colleges have joined with WIN Job Centers and Small Business Development Centers to offer free business start-up training and counseling to 1,000 out-of-work Mississippians.  Interested individuals can visit the nearest WIN Job Center to sign up.
http://mdes.ms.gov/Home/findWinJobClaimCenter.html
The Delta Leadership Institute (DLI), a program of the Delta Regional Authority, is looking for motivated individuals who are leaders in their communities and wish to broaden their understanding of leadership and regional collaboration.  Participants will attend one four-day session and four three-day sessions around the region, with speakers and workshops aimed at working across community, county and state lines to better the Delta Region.  For more information and to apply go to:
http://www.deltaleadership.org/

MEDC is proud to partner with the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management to offer two $500 scholarships to first-year attendees of Institute.  For more information, email carol@medc.ms.  They will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.  For more information about curriculum, sites, and dates, review Institute’s digital catalog or visit the Institute Web site.

Many of you have asked about MEDC members affected by the storms on April 24.  Henry Cote, President/CEO of the Yazoo County Economic Development District has gotten very little sleep as it is really bad in Yazoo County.  He said 40 businesses are down and fifteen are completely gone.  He has set up a Business Disaster Relief Fund at the Bank of Yazoo, 104 North Main Street, Yazoo City, MS 39194.

Alan Bates, Executive Director, Choctaw County Economic Development Foundation, actually lives in Neshoba County so he is fine personally.  The industrial park in Choctaw County lost the major transmission lines and TVA should have had them back up last Friday.  An intern in his office was going to the wake on Friday for two girls that died in the storm.  Alan is very appreciative of everyone’s thoughts and prayers.

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  “FORGING AHEAD” . July 21-23 . Beau Rivage . Biloxi

Economic Development News – Week of April 26, 2010

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of April 26, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all Mississippians and MEDC members whose areas were affected by the devastating storms on Saturday.

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security is focusing additional staff and resources in the Yazoo City area and bringing in two mobile WIN Job Centers to assist those who need unemployment and job placement assistance.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100426/NEWS/4260318/-1/nletter01/FEMA-teams-headed-to-Miss.?source=nletter-news

The expansion under way at Alliant Techsystems is on track, and with it comes economic optimism, a county official says.
http://nems360.com/view/full_story/7093260/article-Tishomingo-County-growth-prospects-look-promising?instance=lead_story_left_column

Barbour recently met with Enerkem CEO Vincent Chornet in Biloxi at the Southeastern United States-Canadian Provinces Alliance international trade meeting, Labrie said.  At the meeting, Barbour noted Canada is Mississippi’s largest trading partner.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/04/enerkem-plans-to-build-smaller-plant/

Bill Mobley, executive director of the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority, said the Tennessee Valley Authority, Mississippi Development Authority, the North Mississippi Development Association, Norfolk Southern and the governor’s office believe the addition of these 670-plus acres will make the industrial park grow.
http://www.southreporter.com/more_acreage.html

Community Development Foundation President David Rumbarger said, “What companies are looking for are an educated and intelligent and skilled work force and so, we can build capacity with the particular Professional Futures Center and be better off for the future.
http://www.wtva.com/news/local/story/Center-For-Professional-Futures-Coming/Zyf5ZXhkskCwtLT2tg2jUw.cspx

Entergy Nuclear and Entergy Mississippi, Inc. have been named recipients of a national award recognizing their economic and community development efforts in Port Gibson and Claiborne County.
http://nuclearstreet.com/blogs/nuclear_power_news/archive/2010/04/23/entergy-nuclear-and-entergy-mississippi-receive-national-award-for-community-outreach-04236.aspx

Alan Bates, director of the Choctaw County Economic Development Foundation, says officials confirmed they were closing the Ackerman plant. However, it is being purchased by another company and should reopen immediately.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/04/sawmill-to-close-then-reopen/

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says he has “gained assurances” that the Stennis Space Center will have a robust future as a testing facility whether or not Congress agrees to the sweeping changes proposed for NASA by the Obama administration.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/04/cochran-gets-answers-on-stennis-future/

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), in cooperation with local governments, will host two public meetings April 27 to discuss high-speed transit service from DeSoto and Tunica counties to the Memphis Central Business District along the Interstate 69 corridor.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/04/mdot-to-hold-i-69-meetings-2/

Lowndes County now can borrow money from the Rural Development Association for a longer term, to install infrastructure in the Golden Triangle Regional Global Aerospace Industrial Park, west of the Golden Triangle Regional Airport.
http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=5891

A top aide to Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has been chosen by President Barack Obama to head the multi-state Delta Regional Authority that works to enhance the economy of the impoverished Mississippi Delta region in eight states.
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9F8RDPG0.htm

From an economic developer’s perspective, healthcare in a community is a positive, highly desirable activity.  It creates jobs, provides a better quality of life and usually grows the local economy. 
http://www.dolanmedia.com/view.cfm?recID=586271

How does your venture stack up against other Mississippi start-ups?  Find out when the Mississippi Technology Alliance presents the Mississippi New Venture Challenge June 3 at the Jackson Marriott.  The New Venture Challenge is a competition where entrepreneurs can win up to $5,000 and pitch their innovation-based venture to investors.
http://www.technologyalliance.ms/newventurechallenge

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  “FORGING AHEAD” . July 21-23 . Beau Rivage . Biloxi

Economic Development News – Week of April 19, 2010

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of April 19, 2010

This Thursday, April 22, is the deadline for the MEDC Community Economic Development Awards (CEDA) nominations due in the MEDC office.  For more information and to read about past winning projects go to  http://www.medc.ms/CEDA/CEDA%20front%20page.html

Office products company Acco Brands Corp. is expanding its operations in Booneville, adding another 35-40 workers to one of its manufacturing plants.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/04/acco-brands-expanding-adding-jobs/

Mississippi voters should reject eminent domain petition.
http://www.sunherald.com/2010/04/11/2088001/mississippi-voters-should-reject.html

George Freeland, executive director of the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation, talked about how the region has worked to find economic development opportunities that best suit each area. He also talked about a multi-state aerospace alliance.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100416/BIZ/4160333/-1/nletter01/Gov.-touts-Miss.-history–culture?source=nletter-news

Gov. Haley Barbour has signed a bill authorizing more than $300 million in bonds to finance highways, bridges and other transportation projects.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/04/barbour-signs-transportation-bill/

Gov. Haley Barbour has signed HB 1701 into law authorizing bonds for tourism and other projects and for incentives for clean energy and aerospace manufacturing facilities and for data centers.  The 257-page bill is at http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2010/pdf/HB/1700-1799/HB1701SG.pdf

(John) Atherton also talked about the benefits of the (Kemper County power) plant from an economic development standpoint. He said 1,000 jobs will be created during peak construction, with 260 permanent jobs.
http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewiStockNews/articleid/4027806

An agreement between airports in Panama and Gulfport should open the door to international cargo flying through south Mississippi.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/04/airport-signs-agreement-with-panamanians/

The Mississippi District of U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reached a milestone in mid-April, having guaranteed 700 loans valued at $130.7 million thus far in fiscal year 2010.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/04/sba-loan-awards-on-record-pace/

“Traffic isn’t what it’s been in the past. But we’re seeing some improvement along those lines,” said Joseph Geddie, executive director of the North Mississippi Industrial Development Association in West Point.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100410/BIZ/4100324/Industry-sector-hit-hard-in-Miss.

Join the MEDC group for members only on LinkedIn.
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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

Economic Develoment News – Week of April 12, 2010

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of April 12, 2010

Community leaders and others residing in small towns around the state are invited to a three-day community development workshop next month in Louisville.  The interactive program titled “Your Town Mississippi” is being organized by Mississippi State’s Community Action Team.
http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=4857

Guest speaker was Mississippi Development Authority Director Gray Swoope, who told area business leaders and community advocates to begin looking locally for economic prosperity.
http://www.wdam.com/Global/story.asp?S=12286226

East Central Planning and Development District has revolving loan funds that are available to be loaned out to businesses and industries within East Central Mississippi.
http://www.neshobademocrat.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=297&ArticleID=20786

Tom Troxler, executive director of Rankin First Economic Development Authority, said many retailers won’t look at an area that lacks white-tablecloth restaurants.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100408/NEWS/4080339/1001/news/M-Braves-pull-fans-to-shops-near-stadium

The Franklin Furniture Institute and the College of Business at Mississippi State University invite you attend the “STRATEGY 2010:  Competing in a Changing World” conference on May 18, 2010 in Tupelo.  Topics include “Factors Affecting the Costs of Importing”, “Survivor 2010:  Recovery in a Recession-Ridden Reality”, “The Status of Proposed Government Regulations”, and “Labor Force Issues You Should Prepare for Now”. 
http://www.ffi.msstate.edu/workshop/strategy.asp

The plan will evaluate the economic development potential of Harrison and Stone counties through an economic study to include private and public business investment in the region.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/04/counties-getting-economic-development-plan/

The Association for Manufacturing Technology – “A State-by-State Resource Guide for Obtaining Federal or State Funding”
http://www.amtonline.org/article_display.cfm?article_id=10659&section_id=109

Advance Mississippi has issued the report “Making the Grade – An Assessment of Renewable Energy Sources for Mississippi.”
http://www.advancemississippi.com/documents/msrenewablesib.pdf

Join the MEDC group for members only on LinkedIn.
http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=2323556

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

Economic Development News – Week of April 5, 2010

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of April 5, 2010

Twin Creeks Technologies, a venture-backed solar technology company, is locating a solar panel manufacturing facility in Senatobia. The production facility will create 512 jobs, in two phases, over the next five years and represents a company investment of more than $175 million.
http://www.wlox.com/Global/story.asp?S=12244004

Gov. Haley Barbour’s announcement Friday of a cutting-edge solar panel manufacturing plant in Senatobia turned DeSoto County’s eyes southward again.
http://www.desototimes.com/articles/2010/04/02/opinion/editorials/doc4bb6462038ae0483310935.txt

Grenada plant expanding.  A $300,000 investment by the company, the expansion will create 40 new jobs, bringing the total number of employees at the Grenada facility to 180.
http://www.calhouncountyjournal.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2444:grenada-plant-expanding-by-40-jobs&catid=1:latest-news

A pipeline contractor has announced it will expand its Hazlehurst operation, adding a fabrication shop and 25 new jobs at its facility.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/04/contractor-unveils-expansion-plans/

GE Energy Financial Services is investing $150 million in a liquefied natural gas receiving terminal under construction in Mississippi that will increase natural gas supplies to the Northeast and Southeast.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/04/ge-investing-in-coast-lng-terminal/

Mississippi is on track to exceed its projected monthly tax collections for the first time in more than a year and a half.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/03/tax-collections-on-pace-to-exceed-expectations/

Last year was slow for economic development, but this year’s a different story, Columbus-Lowndes Development Link CEO Joe Higgins said Monday.
http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=5402

University officials say the new high-tech solar panel company planting roots in northern Mississippi could help plug the “brain drain” by keeping more engineers trained in the state from leaving upon graduation.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100403/NEWS/4030358/1001

The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) will lead a delegation of state business leaders on a business development mission to Chile, Ecuador and Peru from June 16-25, 2010.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/04/mda-to-lead-mission-to-south-america/

“Eliminating eminent domain is a good way to severely hurt Mississippi’s ability to compete for economic development and create more and better jobs,” Barbour spokesman Dan Turner said of the petition.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100404/NEWS/4040352/1001/Petitions-push-land-rights

U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker reported that more than 30 Mississippi airport facilities, including the   Kosciusko-Attala Airport, will benefit from $8.6 million in federal Airport Improvement Program grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
http://starherald.net/local/x552025892/Airport-gets-Federal-funding-for-runway-rehabilitation

To ensure ongoing community and economic development success and completion of the Golden Triangle Industrial Aerospace Park, Columbus-Lowndes Development Link officials extended the term of Link CEO Joe Higgins’ contract.
http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=5562

Officials say the Ocean Expo Learning Center will be built in D’Iberville.
http://www.sunherald.com/2010/04/01/2068211/diberville-lands-ocean-expo.html

Blake A. Wilson: Proposed lignite plant would rate among best in the world
http://www.nems360.com/view/full_story/6878678/article-BLAKE-A–WILSON–Proposed-lignite-plant-would-rate-among-best-in-the-world?instance=secondary_stories_left_column

Music-and-audio innovator Hartley Peavey received the 2010 MIPA Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor in the global music-products industry, at the Musikmesse International Press Awards in Frankfurt, Germany, on March 25.
http://www.lightingandsoundamerica.com/news/story.asp?ID=-H06FFK

Join the MEDC group for members only on LinkedIn.
http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=2323556

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

Mississippi Economic Develoment News – Week of March 29, 2010

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of March 29, 2010

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

Lane Furniture Industries is expanding two of its Lee County locations to accommodate an increase in production, creating 186 new jobs, bringing the total number of Lane employees in Lee County to 2,051. Eighty-five of the jobs created through the expansion are already in place.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/03/lane-furniture-expanding-adding-jobs/

A $118 million expansion to the plant that will allow it to build Nissan’s first light commercial vehicles for the North American market has wrapped up, and about 600 of the plant’s 3,300 employees are training to help make the vehicles.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100325/BIZ/3250346/-1/nletter01/Nissan-gears-up-for-new-vehicles?source=nletter-news

Economic development officials, legislators and others believe Mississippi’s next cash crop is its musical heritage.
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9EJOBDG1.htm

After talks of revitalizing the (C&G) rail line, companies are already expressing interest in locating there.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/03/group-pushing-for-repairs-on-the-cg/

Gov. Haley Barbour has signed a bill that would provide furniture manufacturers a $2,000 tax credit for new cut-and-sew workers.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/03/cut-and-sew-bill-signed-into-law/

Mississippi lawmakers are adjusting their calendar to allow more time for budget writing, and they’re hoping an infusion of federal cash will make their job easier.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/03/lawmakers-change-session-schedule/

State lawmakers’ biggest task upon returning to the Capitol next month will be balancing the budget for the coming year, but legislators also have local and private bills to work out.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100329/NEWS010504/3290333/-1/nletter01/Several-bills-still-await-legislative-action?source=nletter-news

Jon Maynard, president and CEO of the GSDP, also was pleased with the potential improvements in and around the Raspet Flight Research Laboratory, with the planned expansion of Golden Triangle Regional Airport and plans to expand the current Lowndes County Industrial Park into the Golden Triangle Regional Global Industrial Aerospace Park.
http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=5336

Most of Mississippi’s counties and the city of Jackson have received $225 million in “recovery zone” facility and economic development bonds from the stimulus package.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100328/BIZ/3280325/1005/biz

Pascagoula’s five-year plan: Goals include world-class marina, moving wastewater plant.
http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2010/03/pascagoulas_five-year_strategic_plan_goals_include_world-class_marina_relocating_wastewater_plant.html

MEC President Blake Wilson is clear that early childhood is a key to education success and ultimately the success of the state and its businesses, which depend on a thriving educated and skilled workforce.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100328/OPINION01/3280312/1008/OPINION

Charlie Furman, external relations manager for Severstal, says the increased bridge capacity will be right on time for the company’s expansion. By the end of 2011, Severstal hopes to increase its capacity from melting 1.7 million tons of steel each year to 3.4 million tons, which will result in approximately 100 new jobs.
http://www.cdispatch.com/business/article.asp?aid=5380

Northrup mulling longer workweek.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/03/northrop-mulling-longer-workweek/

Join the MEDC group for members only on LinkedIn.
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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

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of March 22, 2010

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of March 22, 2010

MEDC Chamber Workshop – March 23 – “ALL SHOOK UP ON TUPELO – How to Shake Up Your Chamber to Better Serve Your Members”  – call 601-352-1909

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

Siemens, a leading supplier of manufacturing, transportation, building and lighting systems, is locating one of its distribution operations in a 619,000-square-foot building at the Airways Distribution Center in Southaven.  It is expected to bring approximately 150 jobs to Mississippi.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/03/siemens-bringing-150-jobs/

Chevron to keep, possibly expand Coast refinery
http://www.sunherald.com/2010/03/09/2013739/chevron-to-keep-possibly-expand.html#ixzz0iHCYsXuj

Jackson, MS, was named by Business Insider as one of the Top 20 Cities That Are Having an Awesome Recovery – based on information from the Brookins Institute.
-Business Insider – http://www.businessinsider.com/20-cities-that-are-having-an-awesome-recovery-2010-3#20-jackson-ms-1
-Brookins Institute Report – http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Files/Programs/Metro/metro_monitor/2010_03_metro_monitor/2010_03_metro_monitor.pdf
The opportunity to increase South Mississippi’s share of cargo to and from Central and South America was bolstered by Hurricane Katrina and should get another surge from the expansion of the Panama Canal.
 http://www.sunherald.com/2010/03/08/2010513/port-poised.html#ixzz0iHDHtvLk

L-3 Vertex Aerospace at Gluckstadt has received a $20 million contract from NASA.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100315/NEWS/100315004/-1/Nletter03/Madison-aerospace-firm-gets-NASA-contract?source=nletter-news

A new film studio in Canton is set to be ready for movie production in late spring.
http://www.mcherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100316/NEWS/3160302/Canton-film-studio-open-in-late-spring

Farm Bureau launches eminent domain petition drive in Mississippi.
http://yallpolitics.com/index.php/yp/post/22130/

And like a healthy heart, Bob Wilson says, a vibrant downtown spreads life throughout the city. 
http://www.wtva.com/news/local/story/Main-Street-growth/3oFhmD2kPkuxLlJPmKDGyA.cspx

Governor Cup Awards accepting nominations.
http://www.mcherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100318/BUSINESS/3180303/Movers-and-Shakers

Entergy Corp. boosted the Grand Gulf reactor in Mississippi to 51 percent of capacity from 10 percent March 12, according to a report from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2010/03/entergy_boosts_capacity_at_gra.html

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released more than $2.3 million in grant funding for airports across the state of Mississippi, according to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/03/airports-land-federal-assistance/

The steady roll of the Mississippi River, inspiration for so many great American songs and stories, also could light homes and power businesses, say developers who aim to turn that idea into reality.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/03/100322/river-current-electricity/

Join the MEDC group for members only on LinkedIn.
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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