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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of April 4, 2011

Mississippi Economic Development News Week of April 4, 2011

MEDC thanks all who helped make the MDA 75th Anniversary reception such a wonderful event!  Photos are now on the MEDC website, along with a link to the video that was shown at the reception.  While you are on the website, scroll down to see all the organizations and companies who showed their appreciation to MDA by sponsoring this great event!
www.medc.ms

A computer firm (ACS) recently acquired by Xerox Corp. plans to expand its Ridgeland operation by adding 50 jobs and up to 200 jobs over the next two years.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110322/BIZ/110322010/-1/Nletter03/Computer-firm-to-expand-Ridgeland-operation?source=nletter-news

Officials from D.M.I. Pipe Fabrication, a full-service industrial contractor and pipe fabricator, have announced the company is locating operations in Woodville, Miss., in Wilkinson County.  The project represents a $100,000 investment by D.M.I. and will create 20 new jobs.
http://tradeandindustrydev.com/region/mississippi/news/ms-dmi-pipe-fabrication-locating-operations-woodvi-4960

Severstaal accelerating Columbus plant expansion
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/04/severstal-accelerating-columbus-plant-expansion/

The Wide Bandgap (WBG) Materials division of II-VI Inc’s compound semiconductor business — which is based in Pine Brook, NJ, USA — says that it is expanding its operations, in two phases, at Mississippi State University’s (MSU’s) Research Park in Starkville, MS.
http://www.semiconductor-today.com/news_items/2011/MAR/IIVI_220311.html

UMMC can help pull state from historic economic woes
http://msbusiness.com/editorsnotebook/2011/03/25/ummc-can-help-pull-state-from-historic-economic-woes/

Military impact ‘phenomenal’ – Camp Shelby adds to local economy
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20110402/NEWS01/104020321/Military-impact-phenomenal-?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

Sustainable Communities Mini Grants: Deadline is April 8.  The Mississippi Development Authority’s Energy Division is offering mini-grants for energy and transportation related projects. The program is being administered by the Mississippi Main Street Association.
http://www.mmlonline.com/news.aspx

The Mississippi Senate approved a $422.9 million bond bill to help fund economic development projects and infrastructure upgrades for state agencies and colleges and universities.
http://www.desototimes.com/articles/2011/03/29/news/doc4d91202c450ba609147869.txt

State’s March revenue collections exceed estimate
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/04/states-march-revenue-collections-exceed-estimate/

HORNE makes national top 100 ranking
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/03/horne-makes-national-top-100-ranking/

Tea Leaf by Jeff Threadgold. Semi-annual update of “Happy Talk.”
http://www.thredgold.com/tea-leaf/

MEDC Calendar:
July 13 – 15 – MEDC Summer Conference “FULL SPEED AHEAD,” 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 October 11, 2010

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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of October 11, 2010

MEDC Scholarship Period Open October 1 – November 15, 2010 for professional development courses offered in 2011. 
www.medc.ms

The MEDC Regional Chamber Workshop “SHOW ME THE MONEY! – Creating $$ in Your Budget” will be held in Petal, Mississippi, on October 20. Register now!
www.medc.ms

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company announced today its plans to open a production facility in Pearl, adding 95 full-time and 50 seasonal jobs.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101004/BIZ/101004013/-1/Nletter03/Miracle-Gro-bringing-jobs-to-Pearl?source=nletter-news

Pioneer Aerospace, a designer and manufacturer of parachutes and other equipment, has announced a plant expansion in Columbia that will create 50 new jobs.
 http://www.sunherald.com/2010/10/07/2537618/columbia-plant-expansion-to-create.html#ixzz124CM5lB5

Officials from Sly Inc., a manufacturer of air pollution control equipment used in industrial settings, have announced the company is expanding operations at its facility in Mathiston, Miss., in Webster County. The expansion represents a company investment of over $225,000 and is creating 33 new jobs, bringing the total number of employees at the facility to 60.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/10/sly-inc-to-expand-plant-add-33-new-jobs/

Drumheller Packaging, Inc. is expanding its Clarksdale operation which will create 20 additional jobs over a three-year period.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/10/drumheller-in-clarksdale-to-add-20-jobs-over-3-years/

Gulf commercial and recreational fishermen Tuesday regained nearly 3,000 square miles of the vast swath of waters closed to fishing after the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/10/more-gulf-waters-open-to-fishing/

Chandler Russ was named the director of Natchez Inc., the new economic development organization in Natchez.
http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/news/2010/oct/05/russ-named-natchez-inc-director/

Mississippi is poised to become a nationwide leader in renewable energy production.
http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=8197

Judge swearing in 4 new TVA board members.
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2010/10/judge-swearing-in-4-new-tva-board-members/

A new report from the Harrison County Development Commission estimates military bases in the county have more than a $1.4 billion impact on the local economy, and many bases are preparing for upgrades and expansions.
http://www.sunherald.com/2010/10/09/2542862/report-military-contributes-14b.html#ixzz123oBk0z2

Mississippi counties that experienced significant population growth or decline over the last decade might have to ask a judge to push back the qualifying deadlines next year for supervisor candidates.
NEMS360.com – Redistricting may pinch counties too

Tea Leaf by Jeff Threadgold – The “dismal science” of economics typically focuses on “bad” news.  We clearly face many significant challenges…no argument here.  However, there are also many favorable developments taking place within the U.S. economy.  This is our semi-annual update of “Happy Talk.”  This Tea Leaf focuses ONLY on the “good” news…
http://www.thredgold.com/tea-leaf/

“The Role of Local Elected Officials in Economic Development – 10 Things You Should Know” developed by the National League of Cities Center for Research and Innovation and the International Economic Development Council is available online at the IEDC website.
http://www.iedconline.org/Downloads/NLC_IEDC_EconDevelop10things.pdf

MEDC Scholarship Period Open October 1 – November 15, 2010 for professional development courses offered in 2011.  Thanks to the generous contributions of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi, Entergy Mississippi, Mississippi Development Authority, Mississippi Power Company, Tennessee Valley Authority and MEDC. 

Courses offered: Chamber Institute, Community Development Institute, Economic Development Institute and USM’s New South Basic Economic Development course and, for the first time, National Development Council’s Economic Development courses.  Applications must be postmarked by November 15, 2010.
www.medc.ms

Register Now! The MEDC Regional Chamber Workshop “SHOW ME THE MONEY! – Creating $$ in Your Budget” will be held in Petal, Mississippi, on October 20. Pamela Adams, Regional Development Director of Constant Contact will be the featured speaker.  Her topics include “The Power of Email Marketing and Building Lists – Creating Your Own Campaign,” and “Making Constant Contact Work for You and Your Members.”  The Constant Contact technology is provided free to Chambers.  Deborah Reynolds, President of the Petal Chamber of Commerce, will disclose her proven ways of adding money to her budget, and a panel will discuss grant opportunities – Jay Estes, Senior Planner, Eco-Systems; Kara Drane, Forest County Planner and Regina Melton, Project Manager, Southern Mississippi Planning & Development District. The workshop is proud to have CHAMBER PLUS as the Event Sponsor along with the Mississippi Market Wholesale Show.  Registration fees are $25 for MEDC Individual Members and $40 for non-members. 
Registration information is at www.medc.ms or call 601-352-1909.

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

MEDC calendar:
MEDC Regional Chamber Workshop . October 20 . Petal
Member-to-Member Seminar . December 14 . Jackson
2011 MEDC Winter Conference . February 2 – 4 . Jackson
2011 MEDC Summer Conference . July 13 – 15 . Biloxi

Carol Hardwick, CAE, Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC)
P. O. Box 3721, Jackson, MS  39207
www.medc.ms