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Ashley Cangelosi (MSED '11) joined the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation (STEDF) in June 2013 as an Economic Development Specialist with a focus on Business Retention. Prior to joining STEDF, Ashley served as Manager of Transition Programs in the Office of First Year Initiative at the University of Southern Mississippi. She also served as a graduate assistant in the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship and as a National Consultant for Chi Omega Fraternity. Her work experience includes extensive work in strategic communication, training, organizational development and event planning. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and holds a Master's degree in Economic Development and a Bachelor's degree in Speech Communication. While at the University of Southern Mississippi, Ashley held various leadership positions with the Chi Omega Fraternity-Epsilon Delta Chapter, The Legacy-Student Alumni Association and Student Government Association. She also received numerous awards and honors such as Miss Southern Miss (Most Outstanding Senior Female) and University of Southern Mississippi Student Hall of Fame. Ashley is a native of Mandeville and is excited to return home to St. Tammany Parish. 


Dr. Mike Wittmann completed a research study on the "Knowledge Needs of Mississippi Businesses" with the primary focus on small businesses. Dr. Wittmann approached the project from the perspective of an educator and discusses the results of the study with secondary and higher education in mind. Business leaders need employees that have a general knowledge of business, marketing, and sales in addition to the content knowledge needed for their jobs. Employers also indicated that they need employees who can think creatively, have strong communication skills, can make decisions, and are able to work in a team. Students at all levels need applied learning experiences through their curriculum, internships, and field experiences in order to better meet the needs of Mississippi businesses.


A requirement of the MSED program is a 300 hour internship. For working economic developers taking the program they examine their own organization, strategy, and operations to identify ways to improve the performance and productivity of their organization. For traditional students, they find economic development organizations that will mentor them. In both cases, the purpose of the requirement is to apply the lessons and theory that they learn in the classroom to the real world. We would like to thank the following organizations for mentoring these future economic developers.
          Daniel Assamah - United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS)
          Marika Baliko- Meridian Main Street
          Josiah Ball - Balch Springs, Texas Economic Development
          Golda Sharp - University of Mississippi Research Park


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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