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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of November 29, 2010

December 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of November 29, 2010

Officials from Delta Furniture Company, manufacturer of upholstered living room furniture, have announced the company is expanding its operations in Pontotoc, Miss. Through this expansion, the company will create at least 50 new full-time jobs and invest more than $590,000 over the next three years.
http://wcbi.com/article.php?subaction=showfull&id=1290450363&archive=&start_from=&ucat=2,6&

Officials from Advanced Distributor Products (ADP), a business unit of Lennox International, Inc. and manufacturer of residential evaporator coils, have announced the company is expanding its operations in Grenada, Miss.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/11/grenadas-adp-to-expand/

MDA Executive Director Gray Swoope and Neal Wade, senior vice president of economic development for The St. Joe Company in St. Joe, Florida, and former executive director of the Alabama Development Office, will present a workshop entitled “Coopertition” – The New Strategy for Working Together at the Mississippi Economic Development Council Member-to-Member Seminar on Tuesday, December 14 from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. The event will take place at the River Hills Club located on 3600 Ridgewood Road in Jackson, Miss., and the presentation promises to engage and inspire attendees regarding ways we can work together – even with sometimes unlikely partners – to cooperate to attract business to a region and then to compete to close the deal.  Advanced registration is $30 and includes lunch. After December 9, registration is $40.
Register online at www.medc.ms.

Navistar Defense has started hiring 120 workers at its plant in West Point, MS.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/11/navistar-defense-filling-120-jobs-in-west-point/

Restoration of the Columbus and Greenville Railway line could have far-reaching and long-lasting results, not just for the areas it touches directly but also for the entire nation.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101125/BIZ/11250317/-No-heading-

The Mississippi Development Authority hosted many of America’s most influential radio talk-show hosts and Internet bloggers from around the country at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center last week for a Visit Mississippi Coast Radio Row event.
http://www.bayoubuzz.com/latest-buzz/108890-mississippi-radio-blogs-bp-promote-recovery-.html

Faced with record enrollment figures, Mississippi’s two largest universities are fast-tracking new campus housing projects to have them open in time for the fall 2012 semester.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101129/NEWS/11290311/MSU-Ole-Miss-rush-housing-projects-to-meet-demand

Developers believe they can bring new life to the Old Town area of Olive Branch by building new loft-style apartments.
http://www.wmctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13579390

Here is the tale of two dollars. One stayed at home. One went to another town.
http://www.dolanmedia.com/view.cfm?recID=651839

Mark your calendars:
MEDC 2011 Winter Conference – February 2 – 4 at the Hilton in Jackson
“Community and Economic Development is a Marathon”
Brochures will be mailed soon.

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

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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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of November 22, 2010

December 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of November 22, 2010

Officials from Anel Corporation, supplier of steel fabrications and hydraulic and fuel tanks, have announced the company is expanding its operations in Carroll County. The project will create 20 new jobs.
http://www.tradeandindustrydev.com/region/mississippi/news/ms-steel-fabricator-expanding-carroll-county-creating-20-new-jobs-4552

Leaders get sobering look at industry recruitment. Insite is contracted by industries to identify optimal sites for new development. Crist, a no-nonsense economic development veteran from South Carolina, where Insite is based, described the emotionless process of narrowing potential sites.
http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=8874

Scaggs, who is the manager of business development for the EMBDC, has accepted a position as the director of existing industry and business with the MDA.
http://meridianstar.com/local/x970729500/Scaggs-leaves-EMBDC-for-MDA  

Special elections will be held Jan. 11 to fill two vacant legislative seats and an open position on the Mississippi Transportation Commission.  The qualifying deadline is Dec. 12.
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20101116/NEWS01/11160311/1002/Barbour-sets-date-for-elections

New business laws may be a key ingredient in spurring development in Mississippi, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Tuesday. “This year, we’re going to redo all our corporate law” with special emphasis on reworking it to attract company headquarters to the state, he said.
NEMS360.com – Hosemann outlines ideas for business laws

Minutes before the 10 a.m. opening of the Community Development Foundation’s regional job fair at the Tupelo Furniture Market, hundreds of hopeful job applicants had crammed into the foyer of Building V, with scores of others waiting to get in.  CDF officials said a little more than 2,800 people attended the event.
NEMS360.com – Thousands attend job fair in Tupelo

Economic summit fosters international relations.  “I’m glad that they were able to bring several businesses from Ladysmith. And so we’ll have an opportunity to interact with them and see if there could be some possible business synergies for us down the road,” said (Chad) Newell, President of the Area Development Partnership.
http://www.wdam.com/Global/story.asp?S=13537600

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

Brochures will be in the mail soon for the MEDC 2011 Winter Conference – “Community and Economic Development is a Marathon” February 2 – 4 at the Hilton in Jackson. 

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

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