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Economic Development News – Week of August 9, 2010

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.
NEMS360.com – 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 – www.medc.ms

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 www.medc.ms.

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 – www.medc.ms

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

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