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Mississippi Economic Development News Week of December 6, 2010

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of December 6, 2010

MEDC Member-to-Member Seminar –
“Coopertition” – The New Strategy for Working Together
Speakers:  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
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 11:30 – 1:00
Location:  River Hills Club, Jackson, MS
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.
Advance registration is $30 (includes lunch). After December 9, registration is $40.
Register online at www.medc.ms. Non-members are welcome!

Officials from Ershigs, Inc., supplier of high-quality, engineered fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) products for the power, mining, chemical, pulp, paper and waste water industries, have announced the company is expanding its operations in Iuka, Miss., and will be constructing a new facility at the Tri-State Commerce Park.  The expansion will create 52 new jobs.
http://www.tradeandindustrydev.com/region/mississippi/news/ms-ershigs-inc-expanding-operations-iuka-project-create-52-new-jobs-4616

Officials with Toyota Boshoku will resume hiring and installing equipment at its north Mississippi plant where it will manufacture seats and other interior materials for the 2012 Corolla.  The company expects to hire more than 60 workers by the end of year and 250 more by the time production starts in the fall of 2011.
http://www.latimes.com/business/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-ms-toyota-boshoku,0,6811721.story

Developers believe they can bring new life to the Old Town area of Olive Branch by building new loft-style apartments.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/11/olive-branch-downtown-may-get-lofts/

ENSTOR has announced expanded storage capacities at two of its U.S. gas storage facilities: Caledonia in Lowndes County, Mississippi, and Grama Ridge in Lea County, New Mexico.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/11/miss-gas-storage-facility-to-expand/

The greater Hattiesburg area is set to prosper in 2011, according to Area Development Partnership President Chad Newell.  Newell said labor statistics show the Pine Belt gained 1,000 new jobs between September 2009 and September 2010 and locally companies have spent $277.8 million in capital investments. He said there were 35 announced projects in the Hattiesburg area.
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20101204/NEWS01/12040314

Danielle Winningham has been promoted to Manager of Business Development at the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation.
http://meridianstar.com/local/x862971982/Winningham-promoted-at-EMBDC

Change is certain in the world of economic development and technology taking a starring role these days. No one typifies that change more than Greg Word, manager of technical/graphic services for the North Mississippi Industrial Development Association (NMIDA).
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/12/technology-taking-over/

For the fourth time since the fiscal year began July 1, state revenue collections have exceeded estimates.
NEMS360.com – State meets revenue estimate again in November
Blue Springs Toyota plant getting ready to roll.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101201/BIZ/12010323/-1/nletter01/Blue-Springs-Toyota-plant-getting-ready-to-roll?source=nletter-news

The White House is serving Gulf shrimp and Florida stone crabs at the many holiday parties the president and first lady are hosting.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/12/white-house-serving-gulf-seafood/

The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) has extended the application deadline for its pilot Entrepreneur Training Program to December 17, 2010. The nine-month, intensive training program will provide entrepreneurs and small businesses in 19 qualifying counties in the Mississippi Delta, northeast Mississippi and southwest Mississippi with the tools needed to launch, operate and grow a successful business.
http://www.mississippi.org/index.php?id=83

Career opportunities in economic development in Mississippi are on the website at www.medc.ms at Professional Development.

Mark your calendars:
MEDC 2011 Winter Conference – February 2 – 4 at the Hilton in Jackson
“Community and Economic Development is a Marathon”
Watch for your brochure in the mail.

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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