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Mississippi Economic Development News Week of January 3, 3011

Mississippi Economic Development News – January 3, 2011

Happy New Year!  We wish each of you a successful and prosperous 2011, and look forward to featuring your great news stories in your MEDC Economic Development News.

Register now for the MEDC 2011 Winter Conference in Jackson, February 2 – 4
“Community and Economic Development is a Marathon!”
Hotel Deadline – Make your room reservations at the Hilton BEFORE FRIDAY, JAN. 7, to get the special MEDC rate of $109.
MEDC Legislative Breakfast – Wednesday, Feb. 2 – Old Capitol Inn – 7:30 a.m.
Conference Opening Session – Thursday, Feb. 3 – Hilton Jackson – 8:00 a.m.
(see full schedule and registration information at www.medc.ms)
Sponsors – Sign up now and have your website linked on the MEDC Conferences page and in all the conference materials.

California-based Stion, a venture-backed manufacturer of high-efficiency, low-cost thin film solar panels, will locate a 100-megawatt solar panel production facility in Hattiesburg at an initial investment of $500 million, Gov. Haley Barbour announced today.  The operations will be located in the Sunbeam building and will create 1,000 new jobs over the next six years.  Barbour called the development “further proof that Mississippi is an ideal location for clean energy companies to locate and expand.

“The biggest single thing that’s on my mind, of course, is what’s on most Mississippians’ minds — economic growth and job creation,” Barbour said. “That’s the most important thing that can be done for Mississippi. The governor’s the chief economic development officer, in my opinion. And continuing to push for better, for higher skilled, better-paying jobs for Mississippians is the absolute first thing on my list — that, and the budget.”

Mississippi revenue collections top predictions.

Leaders optimistic about 2011.  Larkin Simpson, Director, Jones County Chamber of Commerce: “The saying ‘Slow to be hit and fast to recover’ is a great description of how Jones County has weathered the recession.

At a recent luncheon sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Development Council two of the South’s premier state economic developers made a joint appearance … Neal Wade, who just left the executive director’s job at the Alabama Development Office, and Gray Swoope, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, enlightened the audience regarding several projects about which few people knew that the two states had worked together.  Their presentation was titled “Coopertition: The New Strategy for Working Together.:

TVA’s 2010 economic development efforts contributed $534.1 million in business investments and helped create 7,337 jobs in Mississippi, according to the utility.

Analysis: La., Miss. have economic competition.  Gray Swoope, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, said wise states must keep economic development a top priority — budget problems or not.  “We’ve continued to make economic development a priority,” Swoope said.

Brian Sanderson has joined the (Brunini) firm’s Biloxi office as a partner. He will focus his practice on economic development incentives, government relations and land-use transactions.

Tommy Green was hired last month as the CDF’s vice president of the chamber of commerce, a role he embraces.  Helping Green learn the ropes on his new jobs during the next year will be the retiring Barbara Smith, the CDF’s vice president of chamber services.
NEMS360.com – Green lands ‘dream job’

On Tuesday, January 11, 2011, at 10 a.m., MDA’s International Trade Bureau will host a free Webinar entitled “Doing Business in Central America” for businesses looking to increase sales and gain access to Central American markets in a targeted and efficient manner.

In honor of Elvis Presley (75th birthday), downtown Tupelo just got more colorful. More than 100 people turned out in front of Tupelo Hardware on Thursday to watch as one of 14 guitar sculptures was unveiled.
NEMS360.com – ELVIS BIRTHDAY Tupelo Hardware gets an Elvis guitar

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

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