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

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of September 27, 2010

Universal Health Care Group to create 60 – 75 jobs in the Greater Jackson region.
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.

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.

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.

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.

Mississippi’s Geospatial Cluster Transitions from Public to Private Sector

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.” 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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