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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of August 30, 2010

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.

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.

Mississippi lawmakers sign off on biofuel project.

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.

Go Zone Act has helped state to get back to business.

A consulting firm says 10 counties in southwestern Mississippi should focus their economic development efforts on five business areas.

Officials have signed an international pact to link the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway with goods shipped through an expanded 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.

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.

Officials, organizations and businesses from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi are forming a new economic development coalition for the Gulf Coast.

Officials in four states say Gulf Coast deserves economic development after oil spill.

Federal officials announced the state would receive nearly $90 million to improve communications systems.

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.

Mississippi Business Leaders Invited to Join State Delegation at SEUS – Japan, Japan – U.S. Southeast Associations Annual Joint Meeting in Nashville.

ThinkGlobal Inc. is seeking nominations for the 2011 ThinkGlobal Exporter of the Year award.

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.


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


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


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

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