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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.

The expansion under way at Alliant Techsystems is on track, and with it comes economic optimism, a county official says.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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 2010 Summer Conference  “FORGING AHEAD” . July 21-23 . Beau Rivage . Biloxi

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