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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of August 30, 2010

September 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of August 30, 2010

A global transmission supplier has announced an expansion of its Water Valley operation that will boost the plant’s work force by approximately 120 position.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100824/BIZ/100824018/-1/Nletter03/Water-Valley-plant-to-expand–add-120-jobs?source=nletter-news

KiOR of Houston, Texas, plans to locate three facilities in Mississippi, the first of which will be in Columbus on the southern fifth of The Island, at the Columbus-Lowndes Port’s east bank. Additional plants are planned for Franklin and Newton counties.
http://www.cdispatch.com/business/article.asp?aid=7580

Mississippi lawmakers sign off on biofuel project.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100827/NEWS/100827013/-1/Nletter03/Miss.-lawmakers-OK-biofuel-project?source=nletter-news

A number of construction projects are popping up around Clarksdale, which is a “very positive” economic signal for the area, according to Ron Hudson, Clarksdale Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce executive director.
http://pressregister.com/articles/2010/08/27/news/doc4c76bc140b301314237275.txt

Go Zone Act has helped state to get back to business.
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20100829/BUSINESS/8290322

A consulting firm says 10 counties in southwestern Mississippi should focus their economic development efforts on five business areas.
http://picayuneitem.com/statenews/x332267193/Firm-recommends-5-target-industries-for-SW-Miss

Officials have signed an international pact to link the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway with goods shipped through an expanded Panama Canal.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/08/tenn-tom-signs-trade-pact-with-panama-canal/

“We are extremely pleased to have someone of DeAnna’s (Dillard) expertise and long-term community involvement to lead the organization to the next level,” Flowers said of Dillard, who previously led membership services at the Clinton Chamber of Commerce and was membership director at the Clinton YMCA.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100829/NEWS/8290377/Clinton-development-group-takes-new-tack

Earlier this week, lead state Pennsylvania, joined by Mississippi, Alabama, Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina, applied for federal money under the TIGER II Discretionary Grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/08/state-applies-for-funding-for-crescent-corridor/

Officials, organizations and businesses from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi are forming a new economic development coalition for the Gulf Coast.
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9HRT5JO1.htm

Officials in four states say Gulf Coast deserves economic development after oil spill.
http://blog.al.com/live/2010/08/officials_in_four_states_say_c.html

Federal officials announced the state would receive nearly $90 million to improve communications systems.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100819/BIZ/8190335/Rural-Internet-deemed-vital

The Area Development Partnership (ADP) has launched Competitive Edge, the new fundraising initiative to underwrite an economic and community development program in the Greater Hattiesburg Area over the next five years.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/08/adp-kicks-off-competitive-edge-campaign/

Mississippi Business Leaders Invited to Join State Delegation at SEUS – Japan, Japan – U.S. Southeast Associations Annual Joint Meeting in Nashville.
http://www.mississippi.org/index.php?id=862

ThinkGlobal Inc. is seeking nominations for the 2011 ThinkGlobal Exporter of the Year award.
http://thinkglobal.us/exporteroftheyear/2010/form/

Burns Cooley Dennis, Inc. celebrates 25th anniversary.  In 1985, Burns Cooley Dennis, Inc. (BCD) opened for business with a small office in downtown Jackson, a drill rig, a water truck and a pickup truck.
http://www.cenews.com/news-burns_cooley_dennis_celebrates_25th_anniversary-1085.html

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MEDC MEMBER-TO-MEMBER SEMINAR to be held Tuesday, September 14, 11:30 – 1:00 at the University Club in Jackson

“HOW THE TRENT LOTT CENTER FITS INTO THE THIRD WAVE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT”

Speaker: RICK DUKE, CEcD, EDFP, Director
Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic development & Entrepreneurship, USM, Hattiesburg

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

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.

$30 preregistration (includes lunch)
please register by Thursday, September 9
$40 day of event
Registration information

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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

MEDC calendar:
MEDC Member-to-Member Seminar . September 14 . Jackson
2011 MEDC Winter Conference . February 2 – 4 . Jackson
2011 MEDC Summer Conference . July 13 – 15 . Biloxi

Carol Hardwick, CAE, Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC)
P. O. Box 3721, Jackson, MS  39207
www.medc.ms

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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of August 16, 2010

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of August 16, 2010

Sitel, the Nashville, Tenn.-based business process outsourcing (BPO) provider, has unveiled a major expansion of its Starkville call center.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/08/sitel-expanding-starkville-call-center/

A company that makes reclining furniture broke ground Monday for a plant expansion in northeast Mississippi.
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9HGL3IO0.htm

South Mississippi Electric Power Association’s (SMEPA’s) plant in Purvis has begun a $62-million environmental upgrade project.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/08/smepa-launches-62m-plant-upgrade/

Developers of Jackson’s Old Capitol Green project say a pair of recent governmental actions should enable construction to begin on the $1 billion development by the end of the year.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100817/BIZ/8170331/Work-on-1B-project-in-sight

Networking at the Farnborough International Airshow resulted in commitments from top aerospace executives to visit South Mississippi’s aerospace region, said George Freeland, executive director of the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation.
 http://www.sunherald.com/2010/08/14/2405559/at-julys-farnborough-international.html#ixzz0wsCoDNYP

Mr James Hrusovsky CEO of Severstal Columbus said that “The location of Mississippi Steel Processing and New Process Steel on Severstal’s campus further strengthens the position of Severstal Columbus as the premier steel maker in the southern United States. These projects also demonstrate the strong commitment to job creation in manufacturing and the determined spirit of the government and people of Mississippi.”
http://www.steelguru.com/international_news/Severstal_Columbus_welcomes_campus_partners_to_its_Lowndes_County_facility/159564.html

“This is an incredible plan,” Earl F. Gohl, federal co-chair for the Appalachian Regional Commission, Tuesday said of the Golden Triangle Industrial Park. “This is what we look for every place we go and we don’t always find it. The key to it is everybody having a piece of it.”
http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=7318

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood identified 18 marine corridors, eight projects, and six initiatives for further development as part of “America’s Marine Highway Program.” 
http://www.marad.dot.gov/ships_shipping_landing_page/mhi_home/mhi_home.htm

Mississippi lawmakers hold hearings on redistricting.  All legislative seats are up for election in 2011. Candidates’ qualifying deadline is next June, with the general election in November.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100816/NEWS/100816029/-1/Nletter03/Miss.-lawmakers-hold-redistricting-hearings?source=nletter-news

Hernando leaders gave citizens the credit Saturday as they celebrated the city winning Mississippi’s first “Healthiest Hometown” award.
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/aug/15/in-step-with-fitness/

Earth Consulting Group Inc. (EarthCon) has made Engineering News Record’s (ENR’s) top 200 list of environmental firms for the second consecutive year.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/08/earthcon-again-makes-national-top-200-list/

Millsaps College makes national ranking.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/08/millsaps-college-makes-national-ranking/

Free webinar “Jump Start Revenue Growth Through International Trade” to be presented on August 31 by the Mississippi Technology Alliance, US EDA, MDA Global Trade Division and Mississippi World Trade Center.
http://www.mississippi.org/index.php?id=589

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.

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
www.medc.ms 
MEDC Member-to-Member Seminar . September 14 . Jackson
2011 MEDC Winter Conference . February 2 – 4 . Jackson
2011 MEDC Summer Conference . July 13 – 15 . Biloxi