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06.17.13

TWELVE OAKS ADAPTIVE USE FEASIBILITY PROJECT IN JACKSON COUNTY, MS


USM's Trent Lott National Center staff was commissioned by a group of concerned citizens of the town of Gautier to determine the adaptive use feasibility of converting a privately-owned, historic home and property known as Twelve Oaks into a not-for-profit humanities field station in Gautier, Mississippi. The study assessed the potential types of humanities-related services that could be offered and potential funding sources for sustaining the field station.  The study benchmarked other similar historic properties, field stations, and cultural centers to determine the steps needed for preserving the property for long-term use.
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Joey Grisham obtained a M.S. in economic development from The University of Southern Mississippi and is the new President/CEO for Hutto Economic Development Corporation in Hutto, Texas. After a consulting firm conducted a nationwide search, Grisham was the finalist chosen out of 37 applicants that spanned 10 different states. Grisham has 12 years of community and economic development experience and has served as a local practitioner for communities in Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas. As an independent consultant, he worked on economic development consulting projects in Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Texas. The Hutto Economic Development Corporation is the designated economic development entity for Hutto, Texas, a booming suburb located in the Austin-Round Rock MSA.

REPORT ON NISSAN INCENTIVES IN MISSISSIPPI CAUSES STIR


The economic development watchdog group, Good Jobs First, conducted a study sponsored by the United Auto Workers, A Good Deal for Mississippi? A report on Taxpayer Assistance to Nissan in Canton, Mississippi, that has created a ruckus. The report claims that Nissan Motor Co.'s Mississippi plant received nearly $1.33 billion in incentives (3.5 times the amount claimed) and that many of the jobs created are temporary employees starting work at only about $12 an hour. The Mississippi Development Authority and the State Auditor dispute the report.
PROMOTING INNOVATION IN INTERMODAL PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE

Mississippi State University (CAVS - Extension) along with USM's Center for Logistics, Trade, and Transportation, the Mississippi Polymers Institute, Itawamba Community College (Belden Workforce Center), and Innovate Mississippi have received a grant from the National Center for Intermodal Transportation for Economic Competitiveness (NCITEC) to enhance the professional workforce within Mississippi's intermodal transportation industry. This will be accomplished through a series of "Intermodal Transportation - Innovation Summits" that will bring together transportation professionals representing organizations throughout the extended supply chain (e.g., manufacturers, truck, rail, water, and ports). These innovation sessions will generate a set of actionable projects that the program will facilitate through to completion. The ultimate goal is to enhance the region's economic competiveness through greater cooperation across transportation modes.

UPCOMING EVENTS  


The Naval Air Systems Command's International Transportation Compliance and Hazardous Material meeting on July 30-31, 2013 in Biloxi, Mississippi...LEARN MORE 
 
CLTT Industry Council Roundtable on August 6, 2013 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi...LEARN MORE

 

Startup Weekend, an event where like-minded entrepreneurs gather for a weekend of company creation, on August 23-25, 2013 in Biloxi, Mississippi...LEARN MORE
 
True South Basic Economic
Development Course on September 23-26, 2013 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi...LEARN MORE

Southeast U.S./Japan Association 36th Annual Joint Meeting on November 17-19, 2013 in Biloxi, Mississippi...LEARN MORE 

Logistics, Trade, and Transportation Symposium 2014 Theme: Southeastern Opportunities and Challenges on February 26-27, 2014 in Gulfport, Mississippi...LEARN MORE

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