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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of November 15, 2010

November 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of November 15, 2010

The Mississippi Development Authority is hoping a new pilot program will assist small business owners in making their dreams come true.  MDA’s Entrepreneur Center is now accepting applications for its Pilot Entrepreneur Training Program.
http://wcbi.com/article.php?subaction=showfull&id=1289252388&archive=&start_from=&ucat=2,6,41&

BlueFire Renewables, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BFRE), a company focused on changing the world’s transportation fuel paradigm through the production of renewable fuels from non-food cellulosic wastes, announced that it has received all permits to allow start of construction of its first commercial project in Fulton, Mississippi.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bluefire-renewables-receives-final-permits-for-construction-of-its-first-commercial-cellulosic-ethanol-facility-in-fulton-mississippi-107028888.html

A site in Grenada, Miss. has favorable attributes to attract a data center project according to a recent Deloitte Consulting study, an economic development study sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
 http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2010/11/14/prweb4783274.DTL#ixzz15MmOekFs

Industrial recruiters in Southwest Mississippi are looking to the Midwest for new business.
http://www.wxvt.com/Global/story.asp?S=13485385

The proposed route from Canada to Mexico will bisect DeSoto County east to west through Hernando, running some 30 miles from the Marshall County line to Tunica County.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/11/county-hiring-consultants-to-gauge-i-69269-impact/

SemiSouth is part of a research and technology corridor which stretches from Alabama to Columbus and Starkville. While Silicon Valley in California grew in part because of research at Stanford University and the University of California-Berkeley, Casady sees a similar trend happening around Mississippi State, where degrees and Ph.D.s abound.
http://www.cdispatch.com/business/article.asp?aid=8807

(MS Power Co. CEO Ed) Day and other speakers highlighted Jackson County’s place in the state’s overall economic development outlook, and commented on the successes of the foundation and its executive director, George Freeland.
http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2010/11/leaders_tout_economic_developm.html

Leaders involved in education and economic development say the two go hand in hand.

The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation is spearheading an effort to strengthen the relationship locally.
http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/Getting_Down_to_Business_of_Education.html

Local and state officials celebrated the completion of solar panel installation at Dean Park in Winston County on Monday.  “This is a historic day,” said Winston County Economic Development Director Gerald Mills.
The Winston County Journal – Solar project to brighten county energy resources

Steve Anderson, Executive Director of the Belzoni Humphreys Development Foundation, has recently earned his certification as a Professional Community & Economic Developer (PCED) by the Community Development Council.

The next MEDC Member-to-Member Seminar, “Coopertition” -The New Strategy for Working Together, will feature speakers Gray Swoope, Executive Director, Mississippi Development Authority and Neal Wade, Senior Vice President, Economic Development, The St. Joe Company, Florida (former Alabama Development Office executive director)
Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 11:30 – 1:00. Register at www.medc.ms

MEDC calendar:
November 15 – All Scholarship applications due in MEDC office
Member-to-Member Seminar . December 14 . Jackson
2011 MEDC Winter Conference . February 2 – 4 . Jackson
2011 MEDC Summer Conference . July 13 – 15 . Biloxi

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
www.medc.ms . 601.352.1909

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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of November 8, 2010

November 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of November 8, 2010

Mark your calendars now for the MEDC Member-to-Member Seminar
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 . 11:30 – 1:00
“Coopertition” -The New Strategy for Working Together
Speakers: Gray Swoope, Executive Director, Mississippi Development Authority and
Neal Wade, Senior Vice President, Economic Development, The St. Joe Company, Florida (former Alabama Development Office executive director)

Lafayette County will get 1,000 new jobs over the next five years when one of its largest employers relocates some of its out-of-state operations to Mississippi.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101104/BIZ/11040350/-1/nletter01/Oxford-area-to-get-1K-new-jobs?source=nletter-news

A New Jersey-based company that manufactures green oil spill cleanup products is locating its headquarters in Greenville. Marcus Young with the Delta Economic Development Center said Ganti liked the idea of manufacturing green products in a town called Greenville.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/11/oil-spill-cleanup-company-will-locate-in-greenville/

A four-state alliance of public and private entities calling itself “Gulf Coast Economy: Ready 4 Takeoff Coalition” introduced itself locally Thursday at the Knight Nonprofit Center in Gulfport.
http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2010/11/coalition_targets_economic_dev.html

(Chandler) Russ, executive director of Natchez, Inc., said that competitiveness is one thing he will use to grow the economic footprint of Natchez and Adams County.
http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewiStockNews/articleid/4646448

With a fledgling biofuels company set to open three plants in Mississippi in the next five years, the state’s tree supply could become a valuable alternative-fuel source.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101030/BIZ/10300324/1263/RSS

Two special elections pending in north Mississppi.  Potential candidates were weighing their options Wednesday as Gov. Haley Barbour prepared to call special elections for the state Transportation Commission and the state Senate.
NEMS360.com – News, Business, Classifieds, and Events in Northeast Mississippi

Ohr-O’Keefe opening “almost a miracle.”  Cutting the ribbon were (Frank) Gehry, (Jerry) O’Keefe and Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway.
 http://www.sunherald.com/2010/11/06/2617403/ohr-okeefe-opening-almost-a-miracle.html#ixzz14hzW511C

The Southern Growth Policies Board’s 2010 Report on the Future of the South offers ideas for economic development in the South. The report, The Road to Recovery is Named Main Street, highlights creative initiatives in the region that aim to help communities recover from the recession.
Click here to download the 2010 Report on the Future of the South

Trudy Featherston has been named interim executive director of the Booneville Area Chamber of Commerce and Booneville Main Street Association.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/11/featherston-named-chambers-interim-leader/

MEDC Scholarship Period Open October 1 – November 15, 2010 to MEDC members for professional development courses offered in 2011. This is the last full week of the open period.  Don’t delay!
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

MEDC calendar:
November 15 – All Scholarship applications due in MEDC office
Member-to-Member Seminar . December 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 November 1, 2010

November 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of November 1, 2010

Tuesday, November 2 is election day.  Elections being held include U. S. House of Representatives in all four Mississippi congressional districts and nonpartisan elections for the Mississippi Supreme Court, Mississippi Appeals Court, Chancery Court and Circuit Court judges.  See the Secretary of State’s statewide sample official election ballot at http://www.sos.ms.gov/links/elections/voter_information_center/tab1/sample%20ballot.pdf

Hol-Mac Corporation Announces Expansion of Bay Springs, Miss., Operations; Project to Create 35 New Jobs.
http://www2.wjtv.com/jtv/ap_exchange/business/article/hol-mac-expands-in-bay-springs/213121/

The Link will be featured in Forbes magazine’s January issue in an article highlighting the economic development entity’s three female vice presidents. “They called looking for women in business in Mississippi. They discovered we had two female VPs initially,” said Brenda Lathan, vice president of economic development for the Link. “When they called me I said ‘No, we’ve got three.’ That prompted them to want to do an article based on us.”
http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=8555

Facilities for Wilh. Schulz GMBH, a German-based pipe manufacturer, and Twin Creeks Technologies, a Silicon Valley-based maker of solar panels, are under construction and on schedule in Tunica and Senatobia, respectively. 
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/oct/29/plants-on-schedule-for-2011-starts/

Jay C. Moon, president and CEO of Mississippi Manufacturers Assn., elected International Economic Development Council (IEDC) vice chair.
http://www.dolanmedia.com/view.cfm?recID=644422

“More than 11 hundred acres known as the Pilkington Property along Hickory Grove Road and Highway 82 in eastern Oktibbeha County could become the next big industrial site in the Golden Triangle,” said Jon Maynard, CEO Greater Starkville Development Partnership.
http://www.wcbi.com/article.php?subaction=showfull&id=1288037310&archive=&start_from=&ucat=2,6,44&

Major MSU Project. . . . they expect to create 150 to 160 jobs once the first phase is completed. The project’s overall construction should create 1,000 jobs.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101028/NEWS/10280359/-1/nletter01/-176M-development-set-to-border-MSU-campus?source=nletter-news

The city of Cleveland will receive $1.1 million for construction of a boulevard and trail to venues at Delta State University in Cleveland.  U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., says the funding is part of $3.3 million from the Federal Highway Administration for four projects in Mississippi.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/11/cleveland-gets-money-for-boulevard/

A Jackson economic development consulting agency has been hired by the city of Meridian to revitalize the downtown area.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/11/company-working-to-revitalize-meridian/

A Toyota supplier in north Mississippi is taking applications for about 300 jobs at its Baldwyn facility.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/10/toyota-supplier-now-taking-applications-for-300-jobs/

The Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of business leaders on a trade mission to Costa Rica and Panama from March 20-26.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/10/mda-hosts-trade-mission-to-central-america/

Governor Haley Barbour recently announced the creation of a panel that will report on the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and aid in the development of a long-term vision to enhance the Gulf of Mexico for the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
http://enviro.blr.com/environmental-news/water/CWA-SDWA-water-regulations/Mississippi-Panel-to-Guide-Road-to-Gulf-Recovery/

Bids on the second phase of Gautier’s $5.7 million streetscape project may be solicited this week, according to planning and economic development director Samantha Abell.
http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2010/10/gautier_streetscapes_second_ph.html

The 2010 Governor’s Workforce Development Conference will be held in Tunica November 14 – 17.  Special guests include Governor Haley Barbour, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor Jane Oates, and U.S. Department of Labor Regional Administrator Helen Parker, in addition to expert plenary and breakout workshop leaders.
http://www.mcc.cc.ms.us/workforce_development/images/pdfs/2010_governors_workforce_development_conference.pdf

The Mississippi Technology Alliance presents a free webinar: Workforce Resources: Tips to Attract, Motivate & Train, on November 2, 2010; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (CST)
Register: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/win_employees

MEDC Scholarship Period Open October 1 – November 15, 2010 to MEDC members for professional development courses offered in 2011.  The Scholarship Committee has just learned that USM will be hosting the National Development Council Economic Development Courses and have added those to the list of approved courses.
www.medc.ms

Mark your calendars now for the MEDC Member-to-Member Seminar on Tuesday, December 14 to hear about “Coopertition: The New Strategy for Economic Development” from Gray Swoope, Executive Director of the Mississippi Development Council and Neal Wade, Senior VP of Economic Development at the St. Joe Company in Florida.
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

MEDC calendar:
Member-to-Member Seminar . December 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 October 25, 2010

November 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of October 25, 2010

Officials from Madison House LLC, a start-up upholstered furniture company, announced today that the company is locating manufacturing operations in Amory, Miss. The project will create a total of 85 jobs by the end of the company’s second full year of operation. Twenty of those jobs are already in place.
http://www.tradeandindustrydev.com/region/mississippi/news/ms-madison-house-locating-furniture-manufacturing-operations-amory-creating-

With the infusion of $30 million from a California-based clean technology company, Starkville’s SemiSouth Laboratories plans to expand and bring more than 70 new jobs to the Golden Triangle.
http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=8466

Signal International in Jackson County wants to hire at least 200 people over the next six months to join its team.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101024/BIZ/101024007/-1/nletter01/Miss.-company-plans-to-hire-200?source=nletter-news

With significant commercial real estate progress in 2010, DeSoto County’s stamina has no end in sight, industry professionals say.
http://www.memphisdailynews.com/editorial/Article.aspx?id=53594

One of the drivers of those efforts has been Jim Flanagan, president and CEO of the council, who has played a major role in making the county a good place for business.
http://www.memphisdailynews.com/editorial/Article.aspx?id=53597

“We are a family, a dysfunctional family, but a family,” said Janet Miller, chief economic development and marketing officer for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce….Several members of the group openly marveled at what that simple belief could mean for the city of Jackson and its neighboring communities.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101024/BIZ/10240339/-1/nletter01/The-nudge-from-Nashville?source=nletter-news

The state port and Mississippi Development Authority are willing to loan up to $150 million for qualified housing and economic-development projects that benefit low- to moderate-income residents.
 http://www.sunherald.com/2010/10/21/2575036/150m-for-port-may-be-available.html#ixzz13NM6t4de

The state College Board has approved the lease of Mississippi State University’s Cooley Building to developers of the $64 million Cotton Mill Marketplace.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/10/msu-building-to-be-leased-for-cotton-mill-marketplace/

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann confirms that an eminent domain initiative will appear on the November 2011 ballot… Supporters say the plan would protect property rights, but opponents say it could squelch Mississippi’s chances of winning big projects.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/10/eminent-domain-ban-will-be-on-ballot/

National Clean Fuels (PinkSheets: NACF) and the Center for Environment, Commerce & Energy (The Center) announced today that planning has begun on their Port Gibson Biomass-to-Electricity (BTE) Project in Mississippi.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/10/nacf-port-gibson-biomass-plans-taking-shape/

Mississippi Delta Strategic Compact forming. … the organization will model itself after the CREATE Foundation, the oldest and largest community foundation in Mississippi.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/10/ms-delta-strategic-compact-group-forming/

Martin Willoughby is a weekly columnist for the Mississippi Business Journal where he writes articles highlighting successful businesses and business leaders around the state.   Please contact him if you have anyone in your area that would be a good lead for a story. martin@wlglegal.com.

The Eleventh Annual Conference on High Technology to be held December 7-8 will feature a keynote address from Bill Rancic, noted entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author and winner of the first season of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” as well as informative sessions and valuable networking opportunities, along with the Innovators Hall of Fame Awards Gala that night.
https://www.technologyalliance.ms/registration

MEDC Scholarship Period Open October 1 – November 15, 2010 to MEDC members for professional development courses offered in 2011. 
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

MEDC calendar:
Member-to-Member Seminar . December 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 October 18, 2010

November 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of October 18, 2010

The MEDC Regional Chamber Workshop “SHOW ME THE MONEY! – Creating $$ in Your Budget” will be held in Petal, Mississippi, on Wednesday, October 20. Register now!
www.medc.ms

MEDC Scholarship Period Open October 1 – November 15, 2010 for professional development courses offered in 2011. 
www.medc.ms

Peavey Electronics, manufacturer of musical equipment, gear and accessories, will be expanding its operations in Meridian to add a new line of guitars.  The expansion will create approximately 25 new jobs with plans to eventually expand to as many as 100 new positions, according to a news release from the Mississippi Development Authority.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101015/BIZ/101015014/-1/Nletter03/Peavey-expands-Meridian-plant–adds-jobs?source=nletter-news

Six major expansion projects costing $150 million are in progress at the Veterans Affairs hospital complex in Biloxi.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/10/6-projects-underway-at-biloxi-va-hospital/

Enviva LP, a leading manufacturer of processed biomass fuel in the United States and Europe, announced today that it has acquired a controlling interest in Tomorrow’s Energy, LLC and its Piney Woods pellet manufacturing facility in Wiggins, Mississippi.  Enviva anticipates creating 22 new jobs at the facility and providing jobs for an additional 30 employees throughout its logging and forestry supply chain.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/10/biomass-company-buys-wiggins-pellet-plant/

SemiSouth Laboratories is set to begin a new strategic relationship with a California-based clean technology company.
http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=8282

One of the Bill of Rights prohibits the taking of private property for public use without just compensation.  Matt Steffey, professor at Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, said that provision would provide firm legal footing to anybody who wanted to challenge the eminent domain initiative.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/10/eminent-domain-fight-will-be-toe-to-toe/

The Mississippi Constitution is a tough thing to change. While state law allows voters to amend the Constitution by approving a ballot initiative, it also prohibits ballot initiatives from changing the section that lists the state Bill of Rights.
http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/index.php/site/comments/eminent_domain_a_lawsuit_waiting_to_happen_101310/

The U.S. is back in the deep water oil-drilling business. The question now is when work will resume.
 http://www.sunherald.com/2010/10/12/2548350/wh-drilling-ban-likely-to-be-lifted.html#ixzz12SA7KTiq

Southern Growth Policies Board Webinar to Release 2010 Report on the Future of the South October 28, free.
http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=0f1ae3af4acc3549d021cd534&id=b1fa0bf7fb&e=76c88bba41

EDA has partnered with the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration’s (ITA) Commercial Service to lead a U.S. Cleantech Trade and Investment Mission to France and Belgium on November 29 – December 4, 2010.  They need your help in recruiting companies from within these communities.
http://www.export.gov/cleantechmission/

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
Member-to-Member Seminar . December 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 October 11, 2010

November 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of October 11, 2010

MEDC Scholarship Period Open October 1 – November 15, 2010 for professional development courses offered in 2011. 
www.medc.ms

The MEDC Regional Chamber Workshop “SHOW ME THE MONEY! – Creating $$ in Your Budget” will be held in Petal, Mississippi, on October 20. Register now!
www.medc.ms

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company announced today its plans to open a production facility in Pearl, adding 95 full-time and 50 seasonal jobs.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101004/BIZ/101004013/-1/Nletter03/Miracle-Gro-bringing-jobs-to-Pearl?source=nletter-news

Pioneer Aerospace, a designer and manufacturer of parachutes and other equipment, has announced a plant expansion in Columbia that will create 50 new jobs.
 http://www.sunherald.com/2010/10/07/2537618/columbia-plant-expansion-to-create.html#ixzz124CM5lB5

Officials from Sly Inc., a manufacturer of air pollution control equipment used in industrial settings, have announced the company is expanding operations at its facility in Mathiston, Miss., in Webster County. The expansion represents a company investment of over $225,000 and is creating 33 new jobs, bringing the total number of employees at the facility to 60.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/10/sly-inc-to-expand-plant-add-33-new-jobs/

Drumheller Packaging, Inc. is expanding its Clarksdale operation which will create 20 additional jobs over a three-year period.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/10/drumheller-in-clarksdale-to-add-20-jobs-over-3-years/

Gulf commercial and recreational fishermen Tuesday regained nearly 3,000 square miles of the vast swath of waters closed to fishing after the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/10/more-gulf-waters-open-to-fishing/

Chandler Russ was named the director of Natchez Inc., the new economic development organization in Natchez.
http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/news/2010/oct/05/russ-named-natchez-inc-director/

Mississippi is poised to become a nationwide leader in renewable energy production.
http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=8197

Judge swearing in 4 new TVA board members.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/10/judge-swearing-in-4-new-tva-board-members/

A new report from the Harrison County Development Commission estimates military bases in the county have more than a $1.4 billion impact on the local economy, and many bases are preparing for upgrades and expansions.
http://www.sunherald.com/2010/10/09/2542862/report-military-contributes-14b.html#ixzz123oBk0z2

Mississippi counties that experienced significant population growth or decline over the last decade might have to ask a judge to push back the qualifying deadlines next year for supervisor candidates.
NEMS360.com – Redistricting may pinch counties too

Tea Leaf by Jeff Threadgold – The “dismal science” of economics typically focuses on “bad” news.  We clearly face many significant challenges…no argument here.  However, there are also many favorable developments taking place within the U.S. economy.  This is our semi-annual update of “Happy Talk.”  This Tea Leaf focuses ONLY on the “good” news…
http://www.thredgold.com/tea-leaf/

“The Role of Local Elected Officials in Economic Development – 10 Things You Should Know” developed by the National League of Cities Center for Research and Innovation and the International Economic Development Council is available online at the IEDC website.
http://www.iedconline.org/Downloads/NLC_IEDC_EconDevelop10things.pdf

MEDC Scholarship Period Open October 1 – November 15, 2010 for professional development courses offered in 2011.  Thanks to the generous contributions of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi, Entergy Mississippi, Mississippi Development Authority, Mississippi Power Company, Tennessee Valley Authority and MEDC. 

Courses offered: Chamber Institute, Community Development Institute, Economic Development Institute and USM’s New South Basic Economic Development course and, for the first time, National Development Council’s Economic Development courses.  Applications must be postmarked by November 15, 2010.
www.medc.ms

Register Now! 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 panel will discuss grant opportunities – Jay Estes, Senior Planner, Eco-Systems; Kara Drane, Forest County Planner and Regina Melton, Project Manager, Southern Mississippi Planning & Development District. 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
Member-to-Member Seminar . December 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 October 4, 2010

November 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of October 4, 2010

Sleep Innovations, Inc., a market leader in designing and manufacturing customer driven foam product solutions, joined members of the Community Development Foundation (CDF), to announce it will expand the company’s Baldwyn, Mississippi based manufacturing facility.
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20100928007044/en/Sleep-Innovations-Expand-Baldwyn-Mississippi-Manufacturing-Capabilities

Mississippi government would be banned from taking private land for economic development ventures under a proposed state constitutional amendment that appears headed to the November 2011 statewide ballot.
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9IISUPG0.htm

Area leaders see the Federal Highway Administration’s Record of Decision that will bring the North Mississippi sector of Interstate 69 around Clarksdale as the kind of economic news they had been seeking for years.
http://www.pressregister.com/articles/2010/09/29/news/doc4ca24e9bda01c671228696.txt

Mississippi will use part of a $5 million federal grant to create a nonprofit group that will try to increase high-speed Internet access through broadband.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/09/state-receiving-federal-funds-for-broadband/

National Geographic magazine has named Hattiesburg an Adventure Town.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101001/NEWS/101001007/-1/Nletter03/Hattiesburg-dubbed—Adventure-Town-?source=nletter-news

Madison the City Chamber of Commerce officials looked far and wide but ended up with a new director from down U.S. 51.
http://www.mcherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100930/NEWS/9300308/Chamber-hires-new-executive-director

Work is underway in Brookhaven on a new healthcare facility that King’s Daughters Medical Center officials expect will provide more convenient and quicker services for patients in need.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/09/kings-daughters-building-new-healthcare-facility/

A local tax break to nurture and attract businesses will be a key selling point for the city’s new planning and economic development director.
http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2010/10/tax_break_to_help_gautier_lure.html

Tupelo businessman and economic development leader Harry Martin will receive one of seven Medal of Service awards Tuesday in Jackson.
http://www.wtva.com/news/local/story/Martin-to-receive-Medal-of-Service-award/pV1ntk2e4E6WdDKQcN8q0g.cspx

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will go forward with a feasibility study of a “one-lake” flood-control plan along the Pearl River in metro Jackson – if funding can be found.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101002/NEWS/10020331/Flooding+proposals+may+be+studied

MEDC Scholarship Period Open October 1 – November 15, 2010 for professional development courses offered in 2011.  Economic development courses offered by the National Development Council will be included in the approved courses for MEDC tuition scholarships for the first time, thanks to the generous contributions of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi, Entergy Mississippi, Mississippi Development Authority, Mississippi Power Company, Tennessee Valley Authority and MEDC.  Courses offered at Chamber Institute, Community Development Institute, Economic Development Institute and USM’s New South Basic Economic Development course will again be on the list.  Applications must be postmarked by November 15, 2010.
www.medc.ms

Register Now! 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
Member-to-Member Seminar . December 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