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5.14.12

 

NEW STUDY PROMOTES ROLE OF ARTS, CULTURE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


A recent study by the National Governors Association, New Engines of Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Culture and Design, examines the role that arts, culture and design can play in creating jobs and boosting state economies in the short run while transitioning states to an innovation-based economy in the long run. Mississippi is noted as one of the states that is treating arts, culture, and design as a cluster. The study notes that there is an important connection between arts and the manufacturing sector as design is becoming a critical component to competitiveness. Tourism is held up as an example of another industry that can connect well with arts, culture, and design to increase its value and market. Arts and culture add value to the tourism industry by rooting it in the authenticity of place and leveraging a region's unique culture and food. The report also makes recommendations on how to use the arts and historic preservation to restore distressed communities and reclaim abandoned spaces. LEARN MORE 

STUDY OF STATES TAXES ON THE WORKING-POOR      


In an effort to help families work their way out of poverty, most of the United States do not tax the incomes of working-poor families. However, according to a new study by Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a handful of states do tax the poor. Five states including Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Montana, and Ohio taxed the poor the most. Mississippi was one of ten states where a family of three with the employed person working full-time at the minimum wage owed state income taxes in 2011. The threshold for paying state income tax for a single parent family of three is only $14,400 per year. The decision of these states to continue taxing the poor is notable because most states have stopped. Over the past two decades, there has been a widespread, bipartisan effort to roll back taxes on working-poor families. Today, only 15 states still tax families with incomes that are at, or below, the federal poverty line - currently $23,018. However, the effort to reduce taxes on the poor has stalled, according to the CBPP. In 2011, no new states exempted working-poor families of four - the benchmark family unit used in the study - from income taxes. Worst still, in almost all 15 states, these taxes have increased. LEARN MORE 

THE EVOLUTION AND FUTURE OF SURGERY     


On May 1, 2012, Intuitive Surgical, the Center for Healthcare Sales & Marketing, and the Trent Lott Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship sponsored a presentation by Dr. Joe Washburne on the Evolution and the Future of Surgery. Dr. Washburne is a master robotic surgeon with over 200 surgeries to his credit. He made an outstanding presentation to an audience of about 35 people including students, faculty, and healthcare professionals. Dr. Washburne discussed how surgery has evolved over time and what the new developments in surgery, specifically robotic surgery, mean to the patient. Prior to the presentation, Intuitive Surgical brought in a da Vinci Surgical System and a simulator and allowed attendees to test drive the robots. This hands-on demonstration emphasized the level of training and skill required to conduct complicated, minimally invasive surgeries. VIEW FLYER 

UPCOMING EVENTS     


May 17 - Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation Industry Summit
The University of Southern Mississippi Long Beach | Register Now (FREE)  

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

 
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