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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of Sept. 27, 2010

October 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of September 27, 2010

Universal Health Care Group to create 60 – 75 jobs in the Greater Jackson region.
http://www.msdigitaldaily.com/3/Business/CAT2/Universal%20Health%20Care%20Group%20to%20create%2060%2075%20jobs%20in%20the%20Greater%20Jackson%20region/3742/default.aspx
The Magnolia Electric Power Association in Mississippi has been selected to receive a $740,000 Rural Economic Development Loan to be used to finance a 20,000 square-foot feed mill expansion project and purchase machinery for the Gatlin Corporation.
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/!ut/p/c4/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os_gAC9-wMJ8QY0MDpxBDA09nXw9DFxcXQ-cAA_2CbEdFAEUOjoE!/?contentidonly=true&contentid=2010%2F09%2F0483.xml

Gale Martin, executive director of the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce, said medical industries are among the fastest-growing in Rankin and have huge impacts on Flowood and Brandon.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100920/NEWS/9200316/-1/nletter01/Work-begins-on-Medical-Parkway?source=nletter-news

Chad Newell, president of the Area Development Partnership, said the local economy has weathered the downturn better than most….”We have a very stable economy in Hattiesburg that’s built on health care, education and the military,” he said.
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20100926/BUSINESS/9260318

The Hinds County Economic Development District is looking to change not only its name but the resources available to it for luring businesses to the county.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100925/BIZ/9250326/Hinds-economic-group-eyes-upgrade

Mississippi’s Geospatial Cluster Transitions from Public to Private Sector
http://spatialnews.geocomm.com/dailynews/2010/sep/03/news4.html

The Magnolia Business Alliance was just awarded a federal grant as part of a new pilot program to create jobs and economic development.  It’s called “Innovative Economies.” 
http://www.wlox.com/Global/story.asp?S=13188428

In Monroe County business is good.  The recession touched every corner of Northeast Mississippi, but Monroe County economic developers say they’re seeing signs of life.
monroe360.com – Monroe County Business is Good

A major milestone has been reached in the progress toward the Interstate 69 project for Northwest Mississippi as the Record of Decision on a significant Mississippi section of the highway was signed by the Federal Highway Administration Monday.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/09/interstate-69-project-hits-major-milestone/

Last year, the aerospace industry celebrated on one day; but this year Congress permanently designated the full third week of September as National Aerospace Week.  Mississippi can also celebrate this industry and the high paying jobs it brings to the state.
http://www.msdigitaldaily.com/3/Business/CAT2/National%20Aerospace%20Week%20Highlights%20High%20Tech%20Jobs%20in%20Mississippi/3834/default.aspx

Mississippi residents who aren’t already registered to vote have until Oct. 2 to get their names on the rolls to cast ballots the Nov. 2 general election.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100924/NEWS/100924009/-1/Nletter03/Register-by-Oct.-2-to-vote-in-November?source=nletter-news

Christie Sledge of Cleveland, Miss., has assumed the position of workforce coordinator for the Delta Area Workforce Training Pilot Project, a program created in 2009 by the Mississippi Legislature and the Delta Council.
http://www.mississippi.org/index.php?id=876

The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) recently announced five awards under the Market Transformation and Technology Deployment: Transportation grant program.  

Mississippi Economic Outlook 2010-2015 prepared by senior state economist Marianne T. Hill, Ph.D, is available online along with a webcast of the recent  Institutions of Higher Learning 17th Annual Economic Outlook Conference.
http://www.mississippi.edu/economics

The U. S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center is offering Export University 201 Seminars – Navigating the Export Licensing Process – October 6 in Jackson and October 7 in Gulfport.
http://www.buyusa.gov/jackson/

The MEDC Regional Chamber Workshop “SHOW ME THE MONEY! – Creating $$ in Your Budget” will be held in Petal, Mississippi, on October 20. Pamela Adams, Regional Development Director of Constant Contact will be the featured speaker.  Her topics include “The Power of Email Marketing and Building Lists – Creating Your Own Campaign,” and “Making Constant Contact Work for You and Your Members.”  The Constant Contact technology is provided free to Chambers.  Deborah Reynolds, President of the Petal Chamber of Commerce, will disclose her proven ways of adding money to her budget, and a select panel will discuss grant opportunities.  The workshop is proud to have CHAMBER PLUS as the Event Sponsor along with the Mississippi Market Wholesale Show.  Registration fees are $25 for MEDC Individual Members and $40 for non-members.  
Registration information is at www.medc.ms or call 601-352-1909.

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 Regional Chamber Workshop . October 20 . Petal
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

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of September 20, 2010

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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of September 20, 2010

Paccar CEO Mark Pigott and Gov. Haley Barbour, standing in front of a phalanx of blue-shirted workers, local dignitaries and the company’s board of directors, cut the ribbon for what is sure to be one of the crown jewels of the local economy for years to come, the $300 million Paccar engine assembly plant.
http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=7850

DeSoto County Economic Development Council President and CEO Jim Flanagan said despite a struggling economy, it’s been a banner year for new industry in the state’s fastest growing county.
http://www.desototimes.com/articles/2010/09/18/news/doc4c943fd425076548744091.txt

The Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems plant that puts together drones near Trent Lott International Airport has been in operation for four years and has grown from 25 employees to 70.  As the newest Navy contract goes into full swing, the plant is expected to double production, from producing the fuselages for five or six high-altitude surveillance drones a year to 10 a year by 2015.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/09/northrop-expanding-military-drone-production/

According to Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) executive director Larry L. “Butch” Brown, MDOT has committed funding for a Transportation Enhancement Project in Chickasaw, Pontotoc and Union counties.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/09/rails-to-trails-project-getting-tep-assistance/

The Tennessee Valley Authority has issued a draft of its Integrated Resource Plan, a comprehensive study that will help guide efforts to meet regional electricity needs over the next 20 years.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/09/tva-outlines-plans-for-next-two-decades/

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes has again named Entergy Corporation to its World Index and North America Index for 2010.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/09/entergy-makes-dow-jones-indexes-again/

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) are conducting joint “open house” public meetings to invite public comment on a joint corridor study for connecting I-40 in Arkansas with I-55 in Mississippi.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/09/mdot-to-hold-meetings-on-interstate-connector/

Singing River Electric Power Association took Small Business of the Year for those with 51 to 200 employees at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce annual awards.
http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2010/09/small_businesses_honored_as_an.html

Two Mississippians took home the top prizes in their respective national reality shows Wednesday night. (America’s Got Talent and MasterChef)
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100916/NEWS/9160346/Miss.+singer++chef+big+winners

A free webinar “Expanding Your Business through International Trade” will be presented by the International Trade Staff of the Global Division of the Mississippi Development Authority at 10:00 a.m. Central Time on Tuesday, September 28, 2010.
http://www.mississippi.org/index.php?id=589

Matt Dellinger signs Interstate 69.  As most around here know, the road is to be a 1,400 mile extension south from Indianapolis that will connect Canada to Mexico — the “NAFTA” highway — with a portion of it running through the Mississippi Delta.  Don’t miss the chance to hear Dellinger speak and answer questions about Interstate 69 on September 21.
http://www.squarebooks.com/event/matt-dellinger-interstate-69

Mark your calendar for the MEDC Regional Chamber Workshop “Show Me the Money – Creating $$ in Your Budget” to be held in Petal, Mississippi, on October 20.  More details soon.

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 Regional Chamber Workshop . October 20 . Petal
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

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of September 13, 2010

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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of September 13, 2010

The German industrial conglomerate Siemens AG says it plans to shut down a distribution center in Columbus, Ohio, by the end of January, cutting 88 jobs. The company plans to move the work from Columbus to Southaven.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/09/siemens-bringing-jobs-from-ohio-to-southaven/

Mississippi’s state highway system ranks among the nation’s 20 best in terms of condition and cost effectiveness, a new study is reporting.
http://www.msdigitaldaily.com/3/State%20Local/CAT1/Ranking%20Our%20Roads%20Magnolia%20State%20s%20Highways%20Ranked%20Among%20Nation%20s%20Top/3614/default.aspx

Speaker after speaker extolled the benefits of how a good education, starting before kindergarten, leads to solid economic development at the Ridgeland forum sponsored by the Madison County Business League.
http://www.mcherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100907/NEWS/9070304/Development–education-are-linked-in-area-

Eminent domain issue attempts to get on ballot.
http://www.wlbt.net/Global/story.asp?S=13140840

Stocks extended their September rally Thursday following more encouraging news on the job market.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100910/BIZ/9100330/-1/nletter01/Market-Roundup–Good-job-news-extends-rally?source=nletter-news

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

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of September 6, 2010

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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of September 6, 2010

MDES receives 10,000th Toyota job application
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/09/mdes-receives-10000th-toyota-job-application/

Hancock County: Businesses Learn How to Increase Their Bottom Line
http://www.wlox.com/global/category.asp?c=194069&clipId=5043244&

Taking PRIDE to a whole new level has earned the City of Ellisville the Southern Economic Development Council’s (SEDC) 2010 Community Economic Development Award for towns with a population under 5,000.
http://www.wdam.com/Global/story.asp?S=13092845

The city of Starkville is set to become the 50th member of the Mississippi Main Street Association.
http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=7727

The Tennessee Valley Authority has been named one of the Top Utilities in Economic Development for 2009 by Site Selection magazine.
http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/201009030926/BUSINESS/100903015

The Mississippi Development Authority’s Joint Legislative Budget Hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, September 22 from 9:45 to 10:15 AM in the 1st Floor Conference Room of the Woolfolk Building, 501 North West Street, Jackson.

While many metro-area suburbs hunkered down this past year to weather the sluggish economy, Madison and Rankin officials say financial outlooks for next year seem better as opposed to the last few years.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100906/NEWS/9060312/-1/archive/Budgets-rebound-in-some-cities

Mississippi tax collections beat expectations in August for the second month in a row, but state leaders said it’s too soon to declare the state economy has rebounded from recession.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100901/NEWS/9010338/Miss-tax-collections-in-August-surpass-expectations

The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS) reports that management and support of Mississippi’s geospatial technology industry cluster has transitioned from the University of Mississippi to the private sector.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/09/geospatial-technology-cluster-goes-private/

Community colleges in Northeast Mississippi are adjusting to a second year of growth.
NEMS360.com – Community colleges try to accommodate another year of rises
MSU EcoCar wins first place.
http://media.www.reflector-online.com/media/storage/paper938/news/2010/08/27/News/Ecocar.Wins.First.Place-3925581.shtml

Learn how you can benefit from fresh approaches to economic development by attending the New South Economic Development Course September 19-24 in Hattiesburg. This fast-paced, intensive training course incorporates business, developer and public perspectives.  
http://www.usm.edu/profdev_edoutreach/NEWSOUTH.html

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