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6.4.12

 

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE MSED PROGRAM BEING IMPLEMENTED     


In the spring, Donald T. Iannone & Associates conducted an extensive review of the Master's of Science in Economic Development program to ensure that the program would maintain its status as the leading graduate program for educating generalist practitioners in local/regional U.S.-based economic development. The consultants made a number of curriculum recommendations that the faculty is in the process of implementing, which should take about a year to get officially approved. The 30-hour hybrid executive in-person/on-line format will be maintained, but extended to more rigorous 8-week classes, but requiring less trips to Hattiesburg to appeal to out-of-state student practitioners. LEARN MORE 

SUBDIVISIONS GO URBAN AS HOUSING MARKET CHANGES  


Townhouses and single-family homes are sprouting on old industrial sites in the heart of Southern California cities. In Florida, developers are coveting foreclosed golf courses in urban centers to put up new subdivisions. Builders in Texas are going after available land even near landfills for residential and retail development. Why are the giants of the building industry, the creators for decades of massive communities of cookie-cutter homes, cul-de-sacs and McMansions in far-flung suburbs, doing an about-face? Why are they suddenly building smaller neighborhoods in and close to cities on land more likely to be near a train station than a pig farm? A housing industry slowly shaking off the worst economic conditions in decades is rethinking what type of housing to build and where to build it. It's a response to a new wave of home buyers who have no desire to live in traditional subdivisions far from urban amenities. LEARN MORE 

MISSISSIPPI POLYMER INSTITUTE LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE    


The Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) at The University of Southern Mississippi has increased significantly its impact for businesses across the entire state over the past two and a half years. In keeping with this increased performance, MPI completed a rebranding process, which includes the recent launch of its new website, www.usm.edu/mpi/. In addition, MPI has a new logo, updated marketing materials, and a new attitude on technology development in the state of Mississippi. "The staff has been working harder than ever at supporting businesses all over the state. We have invested in new technologies and enhanced staff expertise, and have brought those capabilities to bear for MS business," said MPI Director Dr. Bryan Brister.  VIEW SITE | LEARN MORE  

UPCOMING EVENTS     


June 7 - Mississippi Biomass and Renewable Energy Quarterly Meeting at 12 p.m. | The Accelerator | Hattiesburg, MS | REGISTER NOW
September 17-20 - True South Basic Economic Development Course | Hattiesburg, MS
  
 
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