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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of October 4, 2010

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.

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.

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.

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.

National Geographic magazine has named Hattiesburg an Adventure Town.

Madison the City Chamber of Commerce officials looked far and wide but ended up with a new director from down U.S. 51.

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.

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.

Tupelo businessman and economic development leader Harry Martin will receive one of seven Medal of Service awards Tuesday in Jackson.

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.

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.

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

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