Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of February 28, 2011

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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of February 28, 2011

Miracle-Gro Plant opens in Pearl.  The company’s move to Pearl represents a $17 million company investment and will eventually create up to 95 full-time jobs,
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41785698/ns/local_news-jackson_ms/

Soon, Mississippi may be known as a biomass energy hub, as its wide availability of low-cost resources is being highly recognized and developing projects are plentiful.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/5312/mighty-mississippi/

Mississippi Senate OKs some $420M in bond projects.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-24/miss-senate-oks-some-420m-in-bond-projects.html

Two CDEs awarded New Market Tax Credits
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/02/two-cdes-award-new-market-tax-credits/

Business, community leaders working as one
http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/news/2011/feb/27/business-community-leadesr-working-one/

Mississippi honors artistic talent.  The arts were lauded as much for the pride and pleasure they bring citizens as for their assets in economic development, education and cultural connection.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110225/FEAT05/102250350/Mississippi-honors-artistic-talent?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CHome

Mississippi lawmakers kill bill on school land deals
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110224/NEWS010504/110224019/-1/nletter01/Miss.-lawmakers-kill-16th-Section-land-bill?source=nletter-news

“Soladigm is very excited to be a part of Mississippi, Desoto County and Olive Branch,” Parker said. “We’re committed to helping with the economic development of Mississippi and bringing manufacturing jobs to this area. …
http://www.desototimes.com/articles/2011/02/25/news/doc4d6750919769c584078168.txt

Leaders of Blueprint Mississippi issued a challenge for others to get involved in creating more economic development in our state.
http://www.wlox.com/Global/story.asp?S=14137394

A new interactive tool available through Mississippi State University’s Economy Watch is giving students, business owners, economic developers, and others easy access to a variety of economic analyses.
http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=5159

USM plans to continue to make positive economic impact
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20110227/OUTLOOK/102270322

Lamar County continues slow, steady growth
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20110227/OUTLOOK/102270315

Student enrollment to double at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20110227/OUTLOOK/102270309

The State Executive Development Institute (SEDI) is an annual educational workshop offered by the John C. Stennis Institute of Government. The SEDI is designed to prepare mid- to upper-level state and local government executives to be more effective leaders. A broad range of topics are presented by government officials, researchers, and instructors in order to provide participants a well-rounded and applicable curriculum.
http://sig.msstate.edu/sedi.php

MEDC Calendar:
March 24 – MEDC reception honoring MDA’s Diamond Anniversary
July 13 – 15 – MEDC Summer Conference, 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
carol@medc.ms

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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of February 21, 2011

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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of February 21, 2011

The power of the small business – along with its importance in job creation – is clearly visible in the Pine Belt.  Entrepreneur Robert St. John, president of New South Restaurant Group, is set to add 60 to 75 more jobs to the Hattiesburg job market soon…
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20110213/NEWS01/102130321/1002/Small-business-driving-job-creation

Governor Barbour says state can lead nation in energy policy.
http://www.wlbt.com/global/story.asp?s=14037618

Natchez, Inc. hires new project manager.  (Chris) Hinton will be a resource to existing companies and industries by making sure their needs are met on a local level, (Chandler) Russ said.
http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/news/2011/feb/16/natchez-inc-hires-new-project-manager/

Entergy Mississippi, Inc. has announced that Mississippi native John Arledge has been named vice president of state public affairs for the electric utility.
http://www.vadvert.co.uk/business/9227-entergy-mississippi-names-arledge-vice-president-of-state-public-affairs.html

“The port means economic development, and that’s what its all about: jobs, jobs, jobs,” said (Senator Tom) King, R-Petal.
http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2011/02/port_still_on_minds_of_legisla.html

Despite recession, Mississippi’s trust fund still solvent.
http://www.sunherald.com/2011/02/19/2878625/despite-recession-mississippis.html

Northeast Mississippi’s work force will face new demands over the next decade.
http://m2m.tmcnet.com/news/2011/02/20/5325522.htm

Manufacturing takes on a new dimension.
http://nems360.com/view/full_story/11527512/article-Manufacturing-takes-on-a-new-dimension?instance=lead_story_left_column

The easiest way to attract outsiders is to reach out to those who already have a connection to Northeast Mississippi, said David Rumbarger, president and CEO of the Community Development Foundation in Tupelo.
NEMS360.com – Recruiters play to former Northeast Mississippians

Bill may alter rules for 16th Section land.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110221/NEWS/102210311/Bill-may-alter-rules-16th-Section-land?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CHome

If you want to run or public office, see the requirements at the Secretary of State’s Candidate Qualifying Guide for 2011 Elections in Mississippi.
http://www.sos.ms.gov/links/elections/candidates_lobbyist_center/tab1/FINAL%202011%20Candidate%20Qualifying%20Guide.pdf

Registration opens for 2011 Mississippi Market Wholesale Show
http://www.mississippimarket.org/index.php

Does state have timber available for KiOR?
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/02/does-state-have-timber-available-for-kior/

The Southern Growth Policies Board has compiled a compendium of public and private organizations and resources that are focused on capitalizing on energy and economic development in the South.
http://saferalliance1.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/se-energy-ed-resource-guide-for_web_jan20111.pdf

VT Halter to build $144M ship for Pasha Hawaii
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/02/vt-halter-to-build-144m-ship-for-pasha-hawaii/

Moran ‘excited about’ downtown of Ocean Springs
http://www.sunherald.com/2011/02/16/2870072/moran-excited-about-downtown-of.html

Mississippi economic head:  No politics in site selection
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/02/miss-economic-head-no-politics-in-site-selection/

Job opening: The Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC) has an opening for a Manager, Member Services and Administration.  This person manages and provides administrative support for MEDC programs, meetings, conferences and activities; includes responsibilities in membership services, communications, financial management, and general administration; performs duties with general direction from the Executive Director.

This is a part-time hourly position of 24-30 hours per week; more before and during winter and summer conferences. For consideration, send resume to carol@medc.ms by 5:00 p.m. February 28, 2011. For a complete job description, go to: http://www.medc.ms/MEDC%20Manager%20Member%20Services%20Job%20(2011).pdf

MEDC Calendar:
March 24 – MEDC reception honoring MDA’s Diamond Anniversary
July 13 – 15 – MEDC Summer Conference, 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
carol@medc.ms

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of February 14, 2011

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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of February 14, 2011

LNG terminal expected to get first ship this summer.  The terminal is slated to become one of the Port of Pascagoula’s biggest clients, generating $3 million to $4 million in rent in addition to cargo fees.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/02/lng-terminal-top-get-first-ship-this-summer/

Port of Pascagoula is nation’s 16th busiest, according to U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.
http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2011/02/port_of_pascagoula_nations_16t.html

Residents invited to help update multi-year transportation plan.
http://msbusiness.com/businessblog/2011/02/08/residents-invited-to-help-update-multi-year-transportation-plan/

Serverstal Partners Hiring
http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=10062

Top employers in South Mississippi
http://www.sunherald.com/2011/02/12/2857079/coasts-biggest-bosses.html

(New Albany is) also a town that is striving to be more progressive, according to Josh West, regional economic developer.
http://tinyurl.com/46ayf2z

“This is really about economic development and jobs. Mississippi oil fields have seen a resurgence in the last few years…”
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41431132

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has proposed an amendment to strengthen the state’s Entertainment District Act.
http://tinyurl.com/47z6k3u

PACCAR announces improved fourth quarter revenues and net profit – production of the PACCAR MX engine for Kenworth and Peterbilt vehicles commenced at the Columbus, Mississippi factory with 10,000 orders already received.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/PACCAR-Announces-Improved-bw-1934395214.html?x=0

Patrick McGaughey, international business speaker and “America’s Favorite Enter-trainer,” gave some of West Point’s business leaders the tools they need to carry on a great business in today’s difficult economy during Wednesday’s seminar hosted by the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance.
http://tinyurl.com/4awph8o

Mississippi plant named to Industry Week’s Top Plants of 2010
http://tinyurl.com/4ejf7r2 

Soso continues growth – “… and the Economic Development Authority of Jones County are expected to host a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark… ”
http://leadercall.com/local/x62527772/Soso-continues-growth

The Mississippi Main Street is having a symposium on planning for festivals and special events.  Fundraisers and event planners throughout the Southeast will share their experiences and ideas.
http://www.msmainstreet.com/index.php/events_news/event/955/

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Center for Real Estate Analytics and Tulane University’s new Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development Program invite researchers, industry practitioners, and policymakers to participate in a conference March 10 – 11 in New Orleans to advance the understanding and improve the practice of green development and finance.
http://www.frbatlanta.org/news/conferences/10green_foundation.cfm

Correction:  On Feb. 6, 2011, The Clarion-Ledger stated that Mississippi is receiving additional stimulus funds which would be administered by the Mississippi Development Authority.  This is not the case.  MDA responded to this erroneous information, “MDA has not been awarded stimulus funding from the federal government in over a year.  The agency has obligated all of the funds it received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and the stimulus programs it is overseeing are well underway, and, in many cases, are nearing completion.”

Show your support for MDA!
In March, 2011 the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) will celebrate 75 years of service to the citizens and businesses in the state of Mississippi.  As the leaders in economic development, MEDC is planning to host a gala reception at the Marriott in Jackson on March 24 to honor the agency.  You have the opportunity to be a part of honoring the work that MDA has done to bring prosperity and jobs to Mississippi’s communities and citizens by sponsoring this event.

Sponsor opportunities are on the MEDC website at www.medc.ms.

MEDC Calendar:
March 24 – MEDC reception honoring MDA’s Diamond Anniversary
July 13 – 15 – MEDC Summer Conference, 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
carol@medc.ms

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of February 7, 2011

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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of February 7, 2011

Chevron plans $1.4B Mississippi plant.  Renfroe said the new plant will benefit the Coast with about 1,000 construction jobs and 20 permanent positions and also by purchasing products from local businesses
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110201/NEWS/102010333/Chevron-plans-1-4B-Miss-plant

Economic development is a marathon. It’s not a sprint.  That was the general theme of Gov. Haley Barbour’s speech at the Mississippi Economic Development Council’s Winter Meeting Thursday morning at the Hilton in Jackson.
http://msbusiness.com/magnoliamarketplace/2011/02/03/barbour-looks-back-ahead-in-speech-to-medc/
… the state was able to add 46,000 new jobs, attract $12 billion in investments and attract global names like Toyota during that time, (Mississippi Development Authority executive director Gray Swoope) told members of the Mississippi Economic Development Council at that organization’s winter conference, which wrapped up Friday after three days.
http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011102050321

Mississippi unveils new tourism slogan.  “Find Your True South” is the new brand for Mississippi tourism, the Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division announced today.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110202/FEAT05/110202008/-1/Nletter03/New-Mississippi-slogan—Find-Your-True-South-?source=nletter-news

Singing River Health System (SRHS) has celebrated the beginning of construction of a multi-million dollar neuroscience building in Ocean Springs with a brief groundbreaking ceremony
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/01/singing-river-breaks-ground-for-new-building/

EDA Director says Natchez economic development team now in place http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/news/2011/feb/02/mda-director-says-adams-county-economic-team-place/

KiOR loan eyed.  Site work has been ongoing at the Columbus facility for several weeks, says Joe Max Higgins, CEO of the Columbus Lowndes-Development Link…
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110205/BIZ/102050320/1005/KiOR-loan-eyed

Business leader confidence at highest level in years
http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2011/02/business_leader_confidence_at.html

Mississippi has received $16 million in energy plan funds from the federal government’s economic stimulus program to develop energy efficiency programs.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110206/NEWS/102060352/-16M-for-energy-program-awarded

Census figures released today show Mississippi gained more than 122,000 residents since 2000, raising its total official population to 2,967,297.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110203/NEWS/110203024/-1/Nletter03/Some-Miss.-counties-see-huge-growth?source=nletter-news

MDA’s Minority & Small Business Division Program Helps Entrepreneurs Launch Successful New Businesses … and other Delta news.
http://www.deltabusinessjournal.com/vol2no3/vol2no3.html

Mississippi State University is among the nation’s leading major research universities, according to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/01/mississippi-state-makes-national-ranking-for-research/

U. S. Department of Commerce Export University 201 and 301 are being offered February 23 – 24 at the USM Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, MS.
https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=1Q5L

Show your support for MDA!
In March, 2011 the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) will celebrate 75 years of service to the citizens and businesses in the state of Mississippi.  As the leaders in economic development, MEDC is planning to host a gala reception at the Marriott in Jackson on March 24 to honor the agency.  Your company or organization has the opportunity to be a part of honoring the work that MDA has done to bring prosperity and jobs to Mississippi’s communities and citizens by sponsoring this event.

Sponsor opportunities are on the MEDC website at www.medc.ms or email carol@medc.ms

MEDC Calendar:
March 24 – MEDC reception honoring MDA’s Diamond Anniversary
July 13 – 15 – MEDC Summer Conference, 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
carol@medc.ms

Mississippi Economic Development News Week of January 31, 2011

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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of January 31, 2011

The Major Thoroughfare program is about roads and ample transportation.  But, if you ask the experts it’s a concept that was all about people.
http://www.wtva.com/news/local/story/How-did-the-Major-Thoroughfare-plan-begin/SrHdXM5OBEOlh-O5GuUxiA.cspx

“There were more prospects (looking to locate businesses locally) in the first part of 2010 than we had in all of 2009,” Moak said Wednesday after taking over as board chairman of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110127/BIZ/101270343/-1/nletter01/Look-at-big-picture–chamber-execs-say?source=nletter-news

When Stephen Brereton speaks, Mississippians should listen, particularly business people.

Brereton is consulate general of Canada, the Magnolia State’s top trading partner. More than 67,000 Mississippians hold jobs due to Canadian trade…
http://msbusiness.com/businessblog/2011/01/27/oh-canada/

Alliant Techsystems’ employees at the Iuka facility reached a record setting one million hours worked without a lost-time accident. This safety milestone began in March 2008 and was achieved on Dec. 1, 2010.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/01/atk-employees-set-new-safety-record/

Viking Classic’s Economic Impact

http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=5129

Natchez, Inc. sees need for industrial sites

http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/news/2011/jan/30/natchez-inc-sees-need-industrial-sites/

When the state College Board tapped Allegra Brigham as the Mississippi University for Women’s interim president in May…

http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=9839

Chamber renovations closer to conclusion in Brookhaven

http://www.dailyleader.com/news/article_3b7299b0-212d-11e0-bc8b-001cc4c002e0.html

Former Knightline Building Sold

http://www.bolivarcom.com/view/full_story/11176077/article-Former-Knightline-building-sold?instance=homefirstleft

Leaders have to take advantage of opportunities for economic success

http://www.dailycorinthian.com/view/full_story/11152538/article-Leaders-have-to-take-advantage–of-opportunities-for-economic-success?instance=lead_story_left_column

Officials believe solar plant can thrive in Pine Belt area

Leaders have to take advantage of opportunities for economic success

Stone County names new EDP Director

http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011101190321

The city, Tribe and Community Development Partnership, among others, joined together to bring The Shopping Center Group to Philadelphia

http://www.neshobademocrat.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=22708&SectionID=2&SubSectionID=297&S=1

George Freeland, director of the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation, said the economic development potential of South Mississippi is drawing international attention.

http://www.sunherald.com/2011/01/20/2794469/coast-business-leaders-report.html

DeSoto County Economic Development Council President and CEO Jim Flanagan said other items on the Blue Ribbon trip’s wish list include

http://www.desototimes.com/articles/2011/01/29/news/doc4d436b9bea850798124420.txt

Shaw said Mississippi State “is a major force for economic growth and development in the state

http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=5128

Brent Hales, chair of Southern Miss’ department of economic and workforce development, said representatives from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Bank and FDIC talked about asset protection and related issues.

http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20110125/NEWS01/101250320

Apartment complex, retail space coming to Gautier

http://www.sunherald.com/2011/01/28/2816559/apartment-complex-retail-space.html

The Major Thoroughfare program idea has been around for a few decades.  And, Tupelo is not the only city trying to implement the concept.

http://www.wtva.com/news/local/story/How-did-the-Major-Thoroughfare-plan-begin/SrHdXM5OBEOlh-O5GuUxiA.cspx

Pete Walley, director of the Mississippi Bureau for Long-Range Economic Development Planning, has been heavily involved in efforts to revitalize Mississippi’s Delta.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/jan/23/editorial-no-quick-cure-for-dying-towns/
Economic Forecast:  It’s getting better
http://nems360.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Economic+forecast-+It-s+getting+better%20&id=11156530&instance=secondary_stories_left_column

The MEDC 2011 Winter Conference is February 2 – 4 in Jackson.  Almost 300 have registered to attend!

The MEDC Breakfast Honoring the Legislature will be held February 2, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson.  Members are asked to please contact their legislators and invite them to attend. Marshall Ramsey, Clarion-Ledger political cartoonist is the featured speaker.

The conference continues at the Hilton on Wednesday afternoon with the Federal Round Tables from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Federal agencies with representatives attending are:
USDA Rural Development, U. S. Economic Development Authority,
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Internal Revenue Service,
Mississippi Small Business Development Center,
U. S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center,
Small Business Administration and
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Mindy Maxwell with Senator Cochran’s office will be in attendance.

The conference continues Thursday, February 3 through Friday, February 4 at the Hilton.
Speakers include:
– Governor Haley Barbour
– Scott Sklar, President, The Stella Group, Washington, DC
– Ben Wolf, IOM, VP, Member Services, Nashville Area Chamber
– David Copenhaven, VP, Administration, Toyota Motor Manufacturing MS, Inc.
– Brenda McClain, McClain Communications, Nashville
– Gene Stinson, Executive Director, Southern Economic Development Council
– Mark Simpson, President, Marathon Makeover
– Gray Swoope, Executive Director, Mississippi Development Authority

The updated schedule is on the MEDC website – www.medc.ms
Check the List of Registrants on the MEDC website to be sure that we received and processed your registration.

Plan to bring great Door Prizes!

We will see you soon!

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

Mississippi Economic Development News Week of January 24, 2011

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Mississippi Economic Development News – January 24, 2011

Bracco Diagnostics, a multi-national company with headquarters in Milan, Italy, is the newest tenant in the University of Southern Mississippi’s state-of-the-art science incubator known as The Accelerator.
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20110119/NEWS01/110119017/Multi-national+company+moves+in+to+Southern+Miss++Accelerator

Controversial legislation to consider genetically-enhanced deer.  Bill author Senator Tommy Gollott, R-Biloxi says this practice would bring millions to the state annually.  “In Mississippi we need economic development and that’s what this will do,” Gollott said.
http://www.wlox.com/Global/story.asp?S=13887455

Does you city or town have a slogan or moniker? If not, what would it be if you had to create one?  … Slogans tend to come from either local government leaders or the local chamber of commerce or organization in charge of promotion and tourism.
http://www.dolanmedia.com/view.cfm?recID=668301

The MEDC 2011 Winter Conference is February 2 – 4 in Jackson.  Almost 300 have registered to attend!

The MEDC Breakfast Honoring the Legislature will be held February 2, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson.  Members are asked to please contact their legislators and invite them to attend. Marshall Ramsey, Clarion-Ledger political cartoonist is the featured speaker. We will be delivering an invitation to each legislator at the Capitol.

The conference continues at the Hilton on Wednesday afternoon with the Federal Round Tables from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Federal agencies with representatives attending are:
USDA Rural Development, U. S. Economic Development Authority, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Internal Revenue Service, Mississippi Small Business Development Center, U. S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Mindy Maxwell with Senator Cochran’s office will be in attendance.

The conference continues Thursday, February 3 through Friday, February 4 at the Hilton.
Speakers include:
– Governor Haley Barbour
– Scott Sklar, President, The Stella Group, Washington, DC
– Ben Wolf, IOM, VP, Member Services, Nashville Area Chamber
– David Copenhaven, VP, Administration, Toyota Motor Manufacturing MS, Inc.
– Brenda McClain, McClain Communications, Nashville
– Gene Stinson, Executive Director, Southern Economic Development Council
– Mark Simpson, President, Marathon Makeover
– Gray Swoope, Executive Director, Mississippi Development Authority

The updated schedule is on the MEDC website – www.medc.ms
Check the List of Registrants on the MEDC website to be sure that we received and processed your registration.  We will print this list for all the conference attendees this week.
Plan to bring great Door Prizes!

We will see you soon!

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

Mississippi Economic Development News Week of January 17, 2011

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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.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/01/cooper-tire-expanding-tupelo-plant-again/

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.
http://shopfloor.org/2011/01/manufacturing-in-state-of-the-state-addresses-mississippi/17315

The Mississippi House has passed bill that would ban the government from taking private land for private development.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/01/house-lawmakers-pass-eminent-domain-ban/

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
http://www.reflector-online.com/mobile/news/center-wins-national-award-1.2430002

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.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110112/BIZ/101120326/-1/nletter01/Flora-facility-to-yield-hybrids?source=nletter-news

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.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/01/nissan-sets-production-start-up-for-nvs/

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.
http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=9566

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.
http://www.sunherald.com/2011/01/12/2774165/new-margaritaville-in-the-works.html#ixzz1AwimGl1T

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.
http://www.wdam.com/Global/story.asp?S=13823888

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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