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3.19.12

 

SOUTHERN MISS PLAYS ROLE IN STATE'S EMERGING FILM INDUSTRY   


The University of Southern Mississippi has had a film school for more than 35 years. It's the only four-year program of its kind in the state, and it's located in Long Beach. Students learn to write scripts and shoot, edit and produce a film. They also learn the academic skills of film history and criticism. And they get a taste of what it's like to be in the industry. "We are a very small program," said Dixon McDowell, who heads it with one other professor. They have 50 students enrolled at a time. "A lot of people don't know we exist," he said. LEARN MORE 

SMALL COMPANIES CREATE MORE JOBS? MAYBE NOT   


WHERE are most jobs created in America? Is it in small companies or large ones? For many years, the accepted wisdom has been that it is in smaller companies. But newly released figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics challenge that notion. Johnny L. Thompson with Mississippi Development Authority comments, "This is an innovative approach to analyzing job growth. Based on the historical fact that Mississippi trends usually lag national trends, this is a welcomed thought. After reviewing the numbers from PriorityOne from the last 3 months, we have visited 130 companies which represent over 16,500 Mississippi employees. As a result, we have learned that 34% of these companies are planning to hire in the next 6 months. This will add a total of 254 new jobs to Mississippi's economy."  LEARN MORE | VIEW CHARTS 

HOW TO RADICALLY REVITALIZE AMERICA: A MICROPOLITAN MANIFESTO       


In Micropolitan Manifesto, Katie McCaskey writes about leaving the big city for rural America, small town America. She says, "It's about business, but not business-as-usual. It's about cities, but not the big ones. It's about people. What kind of people? The artists, changemakers, and entrepreneurs redefining our physical space: no to suburban sprawl, yes to revitalized downtowns! It's about regular people who want to live in walkable communities and strengthen a local economy.  It's about the dreamers....and the doers." LEARN MORE | DOWNLOAD REPORT 

UPCOMING EVENTS     


April 21 at 2 p.m. - Economic Development Alumni and Friends Baseball Tailgate | Right Field Roost at Pete Taylor Park (vs. Memphis)

September 17-20 - True South Basic Economic Development Course | Hattiesburg, MS  


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