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Mississippi Economic Development News Week of November 1, 2010

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.

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.”

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. 

Jay C. Moon, president and CEO of Mississippi Manufacturers Assn., elected International Economic Development Council (IEDC) vice chair.

“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.

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.

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.

A Jackson economic development consulting agency has been hired by the city of Meridian to revitalize the downtown area.

A Toyota supplier in north Mississippi is taking applications for about 300 jobs at its Baldwyn facility.

The Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of business leaders on a trade mission to Costa Rica and Panama from March 20-26.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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