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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of October 11, 2010

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

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