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04.22.13

MISSISSIPPI NEEDS TO FILL 46,000 STEM JOBS BY 2018


The State Innovation Vital Signs 2013 (R&D STEM & Data) Report finds that by 2018 Mississippi is expected to add 398,000 job vacancies both from new jobs and from job openings due to retirement. Fifty four percent of these job vacancies will be for those with postsecondary credentials, 32% for high school graduates and 14% for high school dropouts. Mississippi ranks 50th in terms of the proportion of its 2018 jobs that will require a Bachelor's degree and is 4th in jobs for high school dropouts. 

FALL 2013 GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS


An integral part of the MSED program is graduate assistants who are funded through various sources including the graduate school and grants. These positions include a salary and tuition waiver, but require the students to work 20 hours per week for the department doing research and administrative duties.  They are also expected to be active in non-credit department developmental activities (e.g., network tailgating, MEDC conferences, guest speaker presentations, workshops, etc.). The decision on who will receive these positions needs to be made in May for the fall semester so interested individuals need to be accepted to the program soon to be considered.

WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES MAJOR JOB CREATORS 


According to the 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report: A Summary of Important Trends, 1997-2013, Mississippi, with 77% growth, experienced one of the fastest growth rates in the number of women-owned firms over the past 16 years behind only  Georgia (up 112%), Texas (93%), North Carolina (91%), Louisiana (94%), and Nevada (84%). The report finds that when looking specifically at the 2007-2013 period, the net increase of 5.3 million jobs economy-wide has come almost entirely from very large public corporations and women-owned firms.

CAPSTONE PROJECT EXAMINES TUSCALOOSA MARINE SHALE CLUSTER  


The summer student capstone project for the Masters of Science in Economic Development Program is a cluster analysis of the oil & gas industry for the Southwest Mississippi Partnership (SWMP) with support from Entergy. They are having the students examine the Tuscaloosa Marine shale play in Southwest Mississippi and into Louisiana to identify gaps where economic developers can assist. The student team includes Daniel Assamah, Josiah Ball, Xinxin Cui, Molly Egloff, Faisal Mallum, Alex Pickle, Golda Sharpe, and Wuyang Wang. On April 12th, the team reported its preliminary findings to the SWMP in McComb. 

UPCOMING EVENTS  


Entrepreneurial Explosion: A Regional Small Business Summit on April 23, 2013 in Natchez, Mississippi...LEARN MORE

 

MS World Trade Center's 2013 Intermodal Transportation Conference - "Multi-Modal Transport: Cornerstone of the Global Economy" - scheduled for April 24-25, 2013 at the Courtyard by Marriott Gulfport Beachfront in Gulfport, Mississippi.

European Contingent to Tour Mississippi Polymer Institute on April 24-26, 2013 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Mississippi Polymer Institute workforce development technical training on May 20-23, 2013 in Tupelo, Mississippi...
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True South Basic Economic
Development Course on September 23-26, 2013 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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