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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of August 16, 2010

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.

A company that makes reclining furniture broke ground Monday for a plant expansion in northeast Mississippi.

South Mississippi Electric Power Association’s (SMEPA’s) plant in Purvis has begun a $62-million environmental upgrade project.

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.

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.

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.”

“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.”

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.” 

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.

Hernando leaders gave citizens the credit Saturday as they celebrated the city winning Mississippi’s first “Healthiest Hometown” award.

Earth Consulting Group Inc. (EarthCon) has made Engineering News Record’s (ENR’s) top 200 list of environmental firms for the second consecutive year.

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.

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
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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