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Economic Development News – Week of May 3, 2010

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of May 3, 2010

A Copiah County chicken processing facility is expanding its operation and adding 200 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.

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.

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

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. 

An upcoming symposium for local businesses will narrow worldwide, nationwide and statewide economic perspectives to focus on Madison County.

Billionaire Warren Buffett says the American economy is definitely improving with most signs of life coming in manufacturing businesses.

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.

Mississippi Power Co. will not build a coal-fired generating plant in Kemper County.

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:

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.

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.
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:

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

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