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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of September 20, 2010

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes has again named Entergy Corporation to its World Index and North America Index for 2010.

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.

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.

Two Mississippians took home the top prizes in their respective national reality shows Wednesday night. (America’s Got Talent and MasterChef)

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.

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.

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

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