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In the State of the Union address President Obama proposed the launch of "a network of manufacturing hubs" through which industry, universities, community colleges, and governments will work together to develop and deploy new manufacturing technologies. Basically, the manufacturing hubs idea reflects an emerging consensus that regions are the place to work on technology-based development and that regions need to be anchored by hubs of collaborative R&D where industry can work with academia and government to solve tough problems and foment technology gains. There have been some tentative steps in this direction by Mississippi, but it will take strong leadership to get the State's industry, universities, community colleges, and governments to truly collaborate. We would like to hear your thoughts on if and how Mississippi can become part of a network of manufacturing hubs.


The recent Hattiesburg tornado inflicted serious damage to two major Hattiesburg tourism assets: the African American Military History Museum and the Eureka School civil rights museum. Neither of the historic buildings were destroyed, however, and nearly all the historic artifacts are safe.

The Hattiesburg Convention Commission has been responsible for developing these two new museums. The African American Military History Museum is housed in the only remaining Black USO Center in public hands in the U.S. Eureka School is the city's original Black high school, and was planned to open as a civil rights museum in time for the 2014 anniversary of Hattiesburg's 1964 Freedom Summer.
MSED alumni, Rick Taylor,
Convention Commission Executive Director, reports significant damage to the roofs of both buildings, along with broken windows and other issues. Both buildings can be repaired. According to Latoya Norman, Museum Manager, all the artifacts were safely removed from the museums with only a few small losses. The staff has been busy drying out the rescued archives and museum displays in the Hattiesburg Convention Center, and carefully packing the materials away for safekeeping until the museums are repaired.  


Operations Manager
Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation,
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Director, Business and Workforce Development, the Covington/ Newton County Office of Economic Development, Covington, GA
Director, Economic Development, Santa Rosa County, FL, - VIEW POSITION

Grants Management Specialist/Program Analyst (Infrastructure), Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Washington, DC - VIEW POSITION  


Center for Logistics, Trade, and Transportation (CLTT) Industry Summit on Friday March 1, 2013 in Long Beach, Mississippi 

Student Economic Development Association (SEDA)/ Economic Development Alumni Association Spring Baseball Tailgate March 9th, 2:00 pm game against Louisiana-Lafayette.
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September 23-26, 2013 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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