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4.2.12

 

TRENT LOTT NATIONAL CENTER HOSTS CREATIVE ECONOMY EVENT   


On March 29, the Trent Lott National Center hosted an event on the Mississippi Creative Economy. Malcolm White, Executive Director of Mississippi Arts Commission, spoke to an audience of over 75 Southern Miss administrators, faculty, staff and students from both campuses about the Creative Economy study and the role that universities can play. This event was part of the Comcast Entrepreneurial Guest Lecture Series. In 2011, the Mississippi Economic Council highlighted the Creative Economy in their Blueprint Mississippi report. 

METROPOLITAN AREAS ARE DRIVING NATIONAL EXPORT GROWTH  


According to the Brookings Institute Export Nation 2012: How U.S. Metropolitan Areas Are Driving National Growth, U.S. export sales grew by more than 11 percent in 2010 in real terms, the fastest growth since 1997. In terms of job creation, the number of U.S. total export-supported jobs increased by almost 6 percent in 2010, even as the overall economy was still losing jobs. Comprising about 61 percent of U.S. exports, manufacturing industries produced three-quarters of the nation's additional sales abroad between 2009 and 2010. The rapid growth in manufacturing exports led 11 metropolitan areas to achieve 2009-2010 export growth rates that, should they continue, would double their exports in five years. Mississippi ranked 33 in export value with an annualized growth rate of 10.3%. The report includes interactive maps and export data for goods and services exports at the metropolitan level. LEARN MORE 

'SHOWROOMING' RETAIL SHIFT - BEST BUY'S AMAZONIAN NIGHTMARE 


Where did you buy that snazzy Zenith 19" or VCR however many years ago? Circuit City? Crazy Eddie? Nobody Beats the Whiz? Service Merchandise? Incredible Universe? The list of departed-dearly or otherwise-big boxes that once dominated the consumer electronics landscape is endless. (Not to mention the mass extinction of regional players such as Lechmere, Tweeter, Sound Advice, and Kaufman & Roberts.) So you'd think the last man standing in the field, Best Buy, the world's top electronics retailer, would be living large right about now. Instead, with its stock at a multiyear low, the Richfield (Minn.) retailer today announced it will be shutting 50 of its 1,100 stores amid a revenue shortfall. LEARN MORE 

UPCOMING EVENTS     


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

May 17 - Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation Industry Summit
The University of Southern Mississippi Long Beach

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


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