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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of October 18, 2010

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

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