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MEDC Elects Officers and Directors

August 17, 2010 Leave a comment

The Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC) elected new officers and board members during the membership meeting on July 23, 2010  at the 2010 Summer Conference. They will take office October 1, 2010.

Officers October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011:
President – Christy Knapp, Oxford
President-Elect – Tom Troxler, Brandon
VP – Chamber Development – Barbara Smith, Tupelo
VP – Community Development – Blake Wallace, Jackson
VP – Economic Development – Cliff Brumfield, Brookhaven
Secretary-Treasurer – Tim Mood, Ridgeland
Immediate Past President – Larry Barnett, Gulfport

Directors with terms October 1, 2010 – September 30, 2012:
District 2 – Stephen Surles, Tupelo
District 3 – Judson Thigpen, III, Cleveland
District 4 – Jon Maynard, Starkville
District 6 – J. Britt Herrin, McComb
District 8 – Charlotte Koestler, Wiggins

Current board members whose terms expire September 30, 2011:
District 1 – Sonny Simmons, Batesville
District 5 – Taurus Wright, Jackson
District 7 – Kathy Cloyd, Prentiss
At-Large – Arnie Williams, Gulfport
At-Large – Beth Stevens, Greenwood

Current ex-officio board members not elected by the membership:
MDA Executive Director (ex-officio) – Gray Swoope, Jackson
Mississippi SEDC Director – Lyn Arnold, Tunica
Mississippi SEDC Alternate Director – Kim Richardson, West Point

Carol Hardwick, CAE
Executive Director / COO
Mississippi Economic Development Council, Inc. (MEDC)


Community Economic Development Award Winners Named

August 17, 2010 1 comment


 The Mississippi Economic Development Council, Inc. (MEDC) honored winners of the prestigious Community Economic Development Award (CEDA) at the 2010 MEDC Summer Conference in Biloxi.  The CEDA honors communities throughout Mississippi for their efforts to advance their economic viability through economic and community development programs during the 2009 calendar year.

In Category I with a population less than 5,000, the City of Ellisville, represented by Mayor Tim Waldrup, was honored for The PRIDE Program: Progress, Reinvigorated in Determined Ellisville.  It was nominated by Mitch Stennett, president, Economic Development Authority of Jones County.

The Grenada Economic Development District, represented by Pablo Diaz, executive director, won in Category II, population 5,001 – 15,000, for the development and implementation of their economic development district strategic plan.  This project was nominated by John Wesley, economic development project manager, Entergy Mississippi.

The City of Clinton, represented by T. J. McSparrin, executive director, Clinton Chamber of Commerce, won for the project Clinton Streetscape in Category III, population 15,001 to 40,000.  James Powell, director of economic development for the City of Clinton nominated this project.

Category IV, with a population of 40,001 to 100,000, the City of Tupelo and Lee County won for its new Manufacturing Solutions Center, represented by Dr. David Cole, President of the Center. David Rumbarger, president and CEO of the Community Development Foundation, nominated the Center.

“MEDC is proud to honor these communities and the people who have been involved in the planning and implementation of these worthwhile projects,” said Carol Hardwick, Executive Director.  “We applaud their commitment to excellence in moving their communities forward.” Additional information about each project can be found on the MEDC website at
The Mississippi Economic Development Council is an association of community and economic development and chamber of commerce professionals from across the state.  MEDC members work closely with state and local government officials to improve the state’s competitiveness in the pursuit of new jobs.  Programs are sponsored to educate community leaders regarding the mechanics of economic and industrial development.  MEDC encourages professionalism among its members through its conferences, workshops and meetings and by awarding scholarships for courses in chamber, community and economic development.

Individual Press Releases:
City of Clinton Press Release
City of Ellisville Press Release
City of Grenada EDD Press Release
Lee County / City of Tupelo Press Release

Governor’s Cup Statewide Winners Announced

Economic Development News – Week of August 9, 2010

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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of August 9, 2010

Ground broken for two new steel plants.  In addition to the jobs being created by Mississippi Steel Processing and New Process Steel, Severstal is expanding and adding 35 new jobs at its facility, bringing the total number of jobs created among the three companies to 120.

DuraSip leases idled plant, bringing 40 jobs.

The Port of Gulfport and the Panama Canal Authority have signed an agreement that will allow for joint marketing ventures, information sharing and technological exchange.

The project aims to position DeSoto as an international center for manufacturing, research and development, in the sectors of automobiles, organic and electronic fuel sources.

The Hard Sell – Memphis and DeSoto County duke it out for jobs.  Part of the secret lies in what officials describe as the coordination among economic development players in Mississippi – state, county and local.

After all these years, DeSoto County’s special magic still casts a spell.

Other groups might meet with local development agencies, such as Tupelo’s Community Development Foundation, to devise ways to bring jobs, industries or projects to the region. – Rivals unite for a good cause

You may have seen the road work underway on Highway 45 in Baldwyn, but do you know what it’s for?

The Consultants Forum has organized a Women in Economic Development Forum – Connecting Women Economic Developers for Greater Professional Success – to be held in Chicago, October 24-26, 2010.

Thomasson Company of Philadelphia was recognized as a statewide winner of the 2009 Governor’s Cup award during the Mississippi Economic Development Council Summer Conference banquet in Biloxi.

Photos and Presentations from the MEDC 2010 Summer Conference are now on the website –

MEDC Member-to-Member Seminar to be held September 14

Rick Duke, CEcD, EDFP, Director of USM’s new Trent Lott National Center for the Excellence in Economic Development & Entrepreneurship will speak on “How the Trent Lot Center Fits Into the Third Wave of Economic Development” at the MEDC Member-to-Member Seminar on Tuesday, September 14 in Jackson.  Registration information is at

Don’t miss this opportunity to get to know one of MEDC’s newest members, hear about the trends he sees for the economy and his perspective as a newcomer to the state.  From being recognized by Innovation Associates as the builder of “The best university-based economic development organization in the country” (Georgia Tech EDI), to launching the publication “Retire in Georgia,” Rick brings 25 years of experience and a unique perspective to share with the MEDC membership.

The Trent Lott Center’s mission will be shaped by not only the human capital expertise of USM’s faculty and students but by the needs of the business and economic development community.  Rick is eager to learn ways in which The Trent Lott Center can add value to all involved in developing their communities.

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 –

Carol Hardwick, CAE, Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC)
P. O. Box 3721, Jackson, MS  39207 
MEDC Member-to-Member Seminar . September 14 . Jackson
2011 MEDC Winter Conference . February 2 – 4 . Jackson
2011 MEDC Summer Conference . July 13 – 15 . Biloxi