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12.10.12

ED ADVISORY BOARD BEING ESTABLISHED


A preliminary meeting was held to re-establish an advisory council for the MSED program.  Rick Taylor of the Hattiesburg CVB, Robert Ingram of Commonsense Consulting, Arnie Williams of Mississippi Power, David Rumbarger  of the Community Development Foundation, David Parker of the Electric Power Association of Mississippi, Janel Cohen of the Harrison County Development Commission, Chad Newell of ADP, Mitch Stennett of the Economic Development Authority of Jones County, and Angie Collins of MDA meet to discuss the parameters of the board and direction that they would like to see for the program. They received a briefing on the ED program status, changes, challenges, opportunities and a review of the new curriculum. The group concluded that there needs to be a greater outreach effort made to alumni of the program and to invite more national representation to the advisory board to the next board meeting that is being planned for the spring.

NLEP SELECTS ALUM AS PRESIDENT


The North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) named Scott Martinez as its new President, following an intensive two month long nationwide search. He most recently worked as the Executive Director of the Hutto Economic Development Corporation, which is a suburb outside of Austin, Texas. He is an alumni of the USM Economic Development Program. He will take over as NLEP President on January 2, 2013. More information is available on the NLEP website.

NEW MSED CURRICULUM APPROVED FOR FALL 2013


The University Graduate Council has approved the curriculum changes proposed in Donald Iannone and Associate's Master's of Science in Economic Development Comprehensive Program Review: Preparing the Economic Developers of the Future to be Successful Change Managers and Makers report effective Fall 2013. The objectives of these changes are to make the MSED program the leading graduate program in the nation for preparing generalists in the practice of US-based local/regional economic development. These changes include making the courses a more rigorous 8 weeks with additional interactive on-line classes and 1.5 days of in-person to appeal to working professionals. The new core courses includes: ED 646 Marketing and Business Development, ED 722 Economic Development Theory & Research Methods, ED 736 Real Estate and Land Use Planning, and ED 725 Entrepreneurship  and Technology-Based Economic Development. New elective courses include ED 721 Management and Ethics for Economic Development, ED 724 Financial Principles for Economic Development, ED 727 Sustainability and Community Development, and ED 742 Labor Markets and Workforce Development. All students are still required to do an internship/in-place organizational assessment and a capstone project or 6 hr thesis. 

SUMMIT TO EXAMINE TRANSPORTATION WORKFORCE ISSUES


The National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) is sponsoring a Freight Workforce Summit on February 5-6, 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee. The Freight Workforce Summit provides an opportunity for private industry, public sector and academic institutions to discuss the growing workforce challenges facing this industry. We will discuss this critical issue with the intention of finding real solutions to a national problem. 

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