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9.10.12

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: JOSIAH BALL 


A native of Hattiesburg, Josiah Ball is a new graduate assistant for the Department of Economic & Workforce Development. He will be working for the Southern Miss Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education (CEEE), which promotes economic and community development through the provision of interactive entrepreneurship, business, and personal finance training to K-12 educators and students. He is a 2011 graduate of Southern Miss with a BS in Psychology with a minor in Administration of Justice. During his undergraduate studies he was very active in student government and began coaching football at Hattiesburg High School. Since graduating, he has worked for the Department of Human Services Mississippi Center for Legal Services Corporation (MSCLS) where he traveled the state...LEARN MORE

PLAN TO DEVELOP START-UPS TO GROW A STATE'S ECONOMY 


The National Governors Association has issued a report, Growing State Economies: Twelve Actions, that aims to provide governors and other state policymakers better policy direction and strategies to foster business growth. It emphasizes understanding the pathway through which a new small business becomes a fast-growing firm and the policies that support that transformation. Among other recommendations, the report emphasizes the importance of collaboration among key institutions such as universities and community colleges, research institutions, investment funds, industry associations, and professional networks to provide the specialized assets and essential connections that fuel innovation ecosystems.

APPLYING THEORY TO PRACTICE: SHIFT-SHARE ANALYSIS  


An approach to understanding the comparative advantage of a regional economy that economic developers should be familiar with is shift-share analysis. It provides a basic picture of how well a region's mix of industries is performing by controlling for growth attributable to the overall economy and the overall growth of a given industry. For example, shift-share analysis shows that the Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has a comparative advantage to the Gulfport-Biloxi MSA in the warehousing and storage industry (NAICS 493). Controlling for national growth of the economy and national warehousing industry growth, Memphis's regional competitiveness created an additional 7,206 warehouse jobs in the last ten years while Gulfport-Biloxi created less than expected (-129). Shift-share along with other forms of industry analysis, such as location quotient, econometric modeling, and input-output analysis are the kind of tools learned in the Masters of Science in Economic Development Program.  

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UPCOMING EVENTS     


September 15 at 11am
Economic Development Alumni and Friends Tailgate at NE Corner of Athletics Building - Golden Eagles vs. East Carolina (Game begins at 2:30pm)

Hosted by the Student Association and Economic Development Alumni Constituent Society



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