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Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of March 7, 2011

April 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Mississippi Economic Development News – Week of March 7, 2011

The mills being sold are located in Warren, Ohio; Wheeling, W. Va.; and Sparrows Point, Md. … Severstal is doubling its capacity at the Mississippi plant to 3.4 million tons, from current capacity of 1.7 million tons.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703559604576176500838366690.html

MDA’s Swoope accepts economic post in Florida.  Toyota plant, expansions among credits.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110301/BIZ/103010340/-1/nletter01/MDA-s-Swoope-accepts-economic-post-in-Fla.?source=nletter-news

Toyota suppliers build their work forces
http://nems360.com/view/full_story/12157452/article-Toyota-suppliers-build-their-work-forces?instance=secondary_stories_left_column

Barbour files legal brief concerning damage caps
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/03/barbour-files-legal-brief-concerning-damage-caps/

Legislation seeking to give tax incentives to businesses that use state universities and community colleges for research awaits action in the Senate.
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110303/BIZ/103030334/Tax-credits-research-advocated?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CHome%7Cs

The proposed House Redistricting Map is now on The Standing Joint Congressional Redistricting Committee and The Standing Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment Redistricting website.
http://www.msjrc.state.ms.us/

MIKE ARMOUR: Let’s move forward with union-free global automakers
http://www.nems360.com/view/full_story/11667774/article-MIKE-ARMOUR–Let-s-move-forward-with-union-free-global-automakers?#ixzz1FH1iqQbX

Special delivery: DeSoto delegation takes wish list to Washington.
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/mar/01/special-delivery/

Pointing to a new approach to economic development in the area, (Blake) Wilson said Natchez appears to finally be on the right track.
http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/news/2011/mar/04/encouraging-words-can-fuel-fire/

Utilizing river is smart move for us all.  Few would argue that our area is blessed with an asset that not every community in the country has — access to the country’s mightiest river.
http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/news/2011/mar/06/utilizing-river-smart-move-us-all/

College tuition guarantee studied in Tupelo.
http://www.wtva.com/news/local/story/College-Tuition-Guarantee-studied-in-Tupelo/l0zskhvvYECgnNRPzl7BBA.cspx

TVA releases 20-year strategic plan
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2011/03/tva-releases-20-year-strategic-plan/

2011 Official Mississippi Tour Guide is now available.
http://www.visitmississippi.org/literature/index.asp

Gary K. Reed has been promoted to branch manager for the U. S. Small Business Administration’s Gulfport office.  … he will be responsible for the distribution and promotion of the agency’s economic development programs and counseling services to Mississippi’s 12 most Southern counties.
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20110306/BUSINESS/103060316

The OU Economic Development Institute is offering a spring session in Dallas. As a one-week special, from now through Wednesday, OU EDI is offering $100 discount off of tuition costs. More information can be found at www.ouedi.org or by contacting the OU/EDI office directly at (405) 325-3891.

Cool website: World Sunlight Map
http://www.opentopia.com/sunlightmaprect.html

MEDC Calendar:
March 7 – Marriott room block expires for lodging on March 24 www.medc.ms
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