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Community Economic Development Award Winners Named


 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 www.medc.ms.
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

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  1. August 17, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    The City of Ellisville project went on to win a regional award at the Southern Economic Development Council meeting in August.

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