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Leveraging Science and Technology for Economic Development        September 2013

 

In This Issue
MSET Wins Award of Excellence
RBG Contractors Re-launches Business Line
MSET Introduces New Client Company

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October 10, 2013

Licensing Opportunities from NRL

MSET Lunch & Learn

Building 1100, NASA Logtown Room

# 11161

11:30 - 1:00

 

October 24, 2013

Supplier & Service Provider Showcase

Building 1100, Atrium

10:00 - 1:00

 

November 14, 2013

NASA ITS and LAB Services Contracts

MSET Lunch & Learn

Building 1100, NASA Logtown Room

# 11161

11:30 - 1:00

 

November 19, 2013

Stennis Business Consortium Quarterly Meeting

Building 1200, StenniShere

1:00 - 3:00

 

January 9, 2014

Coast Guard at Michoud

MSET Lunch & Learn

Building 1100, NASA Logtown Room

# 11161

11:30 - 1:00

  

February 13, 2014

Army Corp of Engineers Mobile District

MSET Lunch & Learn

Building 1100, NASA Logtown Room

# 11161

11:30 - 1:00

 

February 25, 2014

Stennis Business Consortium Quarterly Meeting

Building 1200, StenniShere

1:00 - 3:00

 

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MSET Holds Business Roundtable at Stennis with Congressman Palazzo


STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Aug. 2013:
The science and technology community at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is generally well-known for its work in rocket engine testing, oceanography, meteorology, and other areas of research, development, testing, and operations that are critical to US government missions and national security. Not quite as well-known is the group of 35 small and large technology businesses associated with the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) that complement the mass of major federal agencies inside the gates of the Stennis "federal city", a NASA property with over 30 resident agencies and over 5,000 employees. Recently, those MSET client companies took advantage of the opportunity to have a roundtable discussion with the Congressman who has the ability in Washington to impact policy decisions that directly affect the future of Stennis Space Center.  

 

Congressman Steven Palazzo is a key member of the US House of Representatives, as he chairs the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics - which has jurisdiction over NASA and marine research as well as various science education initiatives.   "The roundtable was simply an opportunity for MSET's client base and Congressman Palazzo to communicate with one another about opportunities, capabilities, and concerns," said Charlie Beasley, president & CEO of MSET, a private, non-profit that operates an economic development office and business incubator program at Stennis and Mississippi's statewide technology transfer office. "We appreciate the Congressman's eagerness to engage with our scientists, technologists, and entrepreneurs to discuss important topics that impact how well their companies can contribute to local economic growth."

One specific topic of particular relevance to this group included ideas for innovative mechanisms that would enhance the ability for industry, universities, and government agencies to collaborate in commercializing technology. Other topics included issues that affect many small businesses, like health care and floodPalazzo Roundtable  insurance costs. Each participating company had the opportunity to provide a briefing to the Congressman, familiarizing Palazzo on the unique capabilities and expertise the companies possess in geospatial technology, marine and environmental sciences, defense solutions, laboratory services, and other fields.

 

NASA Stennis is the agency's premier testing center for rocket engine propulsion and is as critical to the Space Launch System program in development as it was to the prior Space Shuttle and Apollo missions. In addition to Palazzo's roles in science, space, and technology, the Persian Gulf war veteran and National Guardsman also serves on the House Armed Services Committee and Homeland Security Committee. Both the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security have multiple operations at Stennis as does NOAA, EPA, and other federal agencies. Major commercial aerospace activities inside the gates include Aerojet Rocketdyne, Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin, Orbital Sciences, and Rolls-Royce. Stennis is located within Palazzo's 4th Congressional District in Hancock County, Mississippi.
  

MSET provides business services to companies residing in their facilities at Stennis as well as companies located off premises that have formally affiliated with MSET. The program is partially funded by the Mississippi Development Authority, who has along with the Governor's Office partnered with NASA to enable MSET to operate at Stennis for nearly 20 years. MSET assists companies and creates economic development results by leveraging the science, technology, facilities, and other assets of Stennis, the state and the region. MSET can be contacted at www.mset.org.

MSET Wins Award of Excellence

 

At the Annual Salute to Business & Industry Gala sponsored by the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce and the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission (HCPHC), the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) was awarded the Industry Award of Excellence. 2013 Award of Excellence The award, created as recognition for companies with exceptional strategic relationships, opportunities, and outreach within the area, targeted an economic development focused organization this year.

 

"MSET is a 'behind-the-scenes' operation that leverages the assets of Stennis Space Center for entrepreneur development and industrial development. It is an extremely important partner in the County and State's economic development efforts. The visibility MSET provides for Hancock County in the high-tech arena is invaluable. Through their myriad of public outreach events, the County is showcased as a cutting-edge location," stated Kimberly Compton, HCPHC's Economic Development Director.

 

MSET follows Rolls Royce, Lockheed Martin, and a number of other outstanding businesses in receiving this prestigious award. The award references MSET's commitment to progress and excellence in Hancock County.

 

"We are extremely honored by this award from the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission," expressed Charlie Beasley, President & CEO of MSET. "MSET has evolved over the past few years to better serve the Stennis community. To have these efforts recognized through an award such as this only spurs us to continue to develop needed programs to support business, procurement, and technology transfer opportunities in and around Stennis. We thank the Commission and look forward to our continued work together."

 

The gala also honored Businesses of the Year, Person of the year, the Community Award of Excellence, and Outstanding Citizens awards. Each award winners accepted to a musical tribute selected to reflect their contribution to the area. Beasley accepted the Award of Excellence to an excerpt of "Taking Care of Business." For additional information on MSET, visit www.mset.org.

 

RBG Contractors Re-launches Business Line
 

RBG Contractors (RBG) recently announced that the company will again support municipal and public works services. A familiar name in the Gulf Coast area for exterior coatings, RBG will once again provide services supporting water and sewer projects, pipe laying and repair, manhole installation and rehab, water and wastewater treatment facilities rehab, site development, concrete, silt fence installation, insulation, as well as grassing and seeding. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, RBG was active along these business lines, but reduced their offerings following the storm given the demand for support to projects involving coatings.

 

A resident in the business incubator operated by the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) at Stennis Space Center, RBG focused on its coatings business for the last few years, but is now positioned to again provide expanded services. "The time has come for us to once again provide additional services to our customers," noted RBG President Bill Griffiths. "We saw the demand for us to re-launch our former business line increase and are currently involved in a large project for the Presidential Hills Wastewater Treatment Facility."

 

RBG's work at the wastewater treatment facility includes the construction of a Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) basin. The project consist of pouring 835 cubic yards of structural concrete forming a basin 80' X 60' X 20' with a 3-ft bottom and separating walls with walkways all around and on separating walls. RBG completed other public works projects for a variety of customers, including various cities across central and southern Mississippi (Jackson, Vicksburg, Moss Point are a few), as well as a number of county-based utility authorities.

 

RBG is a veteran-owned, Certified Minority Business Enterprise established in 1987. Focusing on coatings products and services, RBG is backed by Superior Products International II, Inc and also works in conjunction with Hemphill Construction to support work for local municipalities. "Our affiliation with these larger businesses provides us with a number of benefits," offered Griffiths. "With their help, we can handle quick-response and plus-up work, be sure we have access to top quality supplies at good prices, and have access to additional experience when needed." For additional information on RBG, contact Griffiths at rbgcontr@msn.com.

 

 

MSET Introduces New Client Company  


The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) would like to welcome our newest Corporate Resident, High Performance Solutions (HPS), to our program. 

 

Established in 2002 primarily as a defense contracting company providing services to customers in Louisiana and Mississippi, HPS has now branched out to provide their unique wide range of services to include the commercial industry. Their resume of services is primarily focused on installation, maintenance, and support in every aspect of facility related items, as well as, hardware maintenance and support of IT equipment.  

 

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, their dependability was put to the test and PASSED with flying colors. Their staff and subcontractors performed heroically in being "on the scene" in the tragic times of the aftermath of one of our countries greatest natural disasters. Their staff brought in personnel and subcontractors to ensure continued operation of facility items supporting extremely critical components of our country's defense infrastructure to an area where there were no functional airports, no hotel rooms, no gas stations, no restaurants and with the exception of their facility, no electricity.

 

High Performance Solutions is a proven organization. More than a contractor or a maintenance provider, they are a resource that their customers look to for continued operation and assistance in everyday life, as well as a time of tragedy. 


Their educated and experienced staff consists of engineers, electricians, technicians, support personnel and subcontractors that have been "hand selected" to form the most professional, productive and resourceful team ever assembled. Their team will strive to provide your organization with the highest quality of professionalism achievable. For information on how High Performance Solutions can improve your organization please check out http://www.thehighperformancesolution.com/ .

 

More information on all MSET programs can be found at www.mset.org.