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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of November 15, 2010

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.

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.

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.

Industrial recruiters in Southwest Mississippi are looking to the Midwest for new business.

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.

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.

(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.

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.

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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