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Mississippi Economic Development News Week of January 17, 2011

Mississippi Economic Development News – January 17, 2011

Governor Barbour to speak at MEDC Winter Conference –
As we often say, economic development is a team sport.  Conference attendees will be treated to remarks from the “coach” and visionary leader of Mississippi’s economic development team since 2004, Governor Barbour. He will reflect on the state’s economy and how Mississippi is well positioned to emerge from the global economic downturn.  Hear “Remarks from Governor Barbour on his Tenure as the 63rd Governor of Mississippi” at the opening session on Thursday morning at 8:00 a.m.

Register now to attend!
Be sure to check the List of Registrants to confirm your registration.

To see the full conference schedule and registration information, go to www.medc.ms/Conferences. Avoid late registration fees by registering this week.

Officials from Cooper Tire and Rubber Company announced that the company is expanding operations at its Tupelo plant in order to increase production and efficiency at the plant. The project represents a company investment of $9 million and will create 35 new jobs at the facility.

Given the state of Mississippi’s record in creating an economic climate that attracts manufacturers and encourages their expansion, it comes as no surprise that Gov. Haley Barbour paid great attention to manufacturing in his final State of the State address delivered Tuesday.

The Mississippi House has passed bill that would ban the government from taking private land for private development.

The Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems at Mississippi State University won “Excellence in Business Assistance and Entrepreneurship” at the University Economic Development Association’s annual competition

Monsanto on Tuesday officially opened the Flora Corn Breeding Station in the Flora Industrial Park. The $2.4 million facility will handle research and development on the latest corn hybrids.

Nissan Motor Co. says it will begin production of its new 2012 Nissan NV at its expanded Canton assembly plant on Jan. 19.  Nissan performed a two-year, $118-million expansion of its Canton plant to produce the NV.

Higgins, the CEO of the Columbus Lowndes Development Link, explained how pending eminent domain legislation — a ballot initiative is scheduled for the November election — could prevent communities from establishing industrial parks similar to the Golden Triangle Global Industrial Aerospace Park.

Jimmy Buffett is ready to build and open the first Margaritaville Casino by the end of the year in Biloxi, the city where the singer-songwriter played his first paid gig.

Experts in banking, finance and economic development will converge as part of Impact Southern Miss: Turning Knowledge into Innovation set for Jan. 20 at the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship.

MEDC calendar:
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
fax: 601.352.2061

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