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The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) concluded this year's high school program on Wednesday, May 1, by holding its 6th annual Statewide Business Plan Competition. Through a series of regional qualifier competitions held in mid April, the top 25 student presentations from around the state were selected to participate in the event held at the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship on the Southern Miss campus. Participants competed in two divisions based on their length of experience in SEP, and the winners were awarded cash prizes ranging from $100 to $500 through a sponsorship by Georgia-Pacific Leaf River Cellulose. Additional support for the event was provided through the Mississippi Council on Economic Education...LEARN MORE


Lindsay Ward, an August 2012 graduate of the Masters of Economic Development program at the University of Southern Mississippi, has recently accepted a position with the Calhoun County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) in Alabama. Lindsay is the new Director of Business Development for the council and focuses primarily on the growth and development of existing industries within Calhoun County, Alabama. At the CCEDC she will report and directly work with Don Hopper, the Executive Director of the CCEDC. The Calhoun County Economic Development Council (CCEDC), which is centrally located between Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia, helps to bring businesses and industry to communities in Calhoun County which include the cities of Anniston, Oxford, Jacksonville, and others. The CCEDC also works with our local business support organizations to foster entrepreneurship and existing business expansion...LEARN MORE 


Kyle Brown (MSED '09) was recently hired by the City of Brandon Board of Aldermen and fellow Southern Miss alum, Mayor Butch Lee, as the new Economic Development Director. The position will be responsible for attracting new development to the city, as well as, meet the needs of the City's current industries. Kyle is already working on creating a farmers market in the city in addition to beginning the process of creating an overlay district for downtown Brandon.
The City of Brandon is located in Rankin County, Mississippi and has a population of over 22,000 people and is the County Seat. The City's businesses have over $400 million dollars in annual sales and her citizens have a median income level over $55,000.
Before starting at the City of Brandon, Kyle previously worked in Washington, D.C., Bismarck, North Dakota, Jackson, Mississippi and overseas. Kyle is originally from Brandon, Mississippi. If you would like to reach Kyle to find out more about his position or to learn more about the City of Brandon, contact him at


Executive Director
, Yazoo County Economic Development District, Yazoo City, MS...VIEW POSITION


Mississippi Polymer Institute workforce development technical training on May 20-23, 2013 in Tupelo, Mississippi...LEARN MORE

True South Basic Economic
Development Course on September 23-26, 2013 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi...LEARN MORE 
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