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09.23.13

MSED STUDENTS DELIVER THEIR CAPSTONE REPORT TO THE SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI PARTNERSHIP


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The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Master of Science in Economic Development (MSED) students recently presented their summer 2013 capstone project, the Southwest Mississippi Cluster Analysis, to community leaders at the Southwest Community College in Summit.  At the beginning of the summer, the Southwest Mississippi Partnership and Entergy commissioned USM to analyze the potential for oil and gas/chemical and polymer clusters to develop in the southwestern region of Mississippi and eastern region of Louisiana. 

 

The study area is part of the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) region, where hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is expected to unlock seven billion barrels of oil and natural gas creating an economic boom for the region.  In addition to attracting the oil and gas industry, other industries (e.g., chemical, polymer, and other energy intensive manufacturers) might be expected to locate in the region since the output from fracking is one of their key inputs.

 

The student team included Alex Pickle, Bryan Parker, Daniel Assamah, Faisal Mallum, Golda Sharpe, James Dickens, Josiah Ball, Molly Egloff, and Wuyang Wang. The team used public and proprietary data along with research methodologies learned in their MSED studies to assess current industries in the region and the clustering effect of the petroleum extraction and petrochemical industries. LEARN MORE

SMITH NAMED CHAIR OF DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM


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Dr. Bill Smith, a veteran member of the College of Business faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently appointed chairman of the college's Department of Economic Development and Tourism. The appointment was announced by Dr. Faye Gilbert, dean of the college.

 

Dr. Smith combines industry experience with more than 30 years of teaching at Southern Miss.  He has taught professional selling, creative marketing, marketing research, and the capstone marketing management course during his tenure.  He has also taught economic development courses on leadership and led the sales and marketing portion of the True South course since its inception.

 

"Economic Development and Tourism are a wonderful combination and the College of Business is the best home," Smith said. "Each plays a vital role in helping create sustainable jobs and improving the standard of living for our citizens." Learn More

HATTIESBURG ENTREPRENEUR GROWS COMPANY TO NATIONAL RANKING WITH INNOVATIVE PRODUCT


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Bio Soil Enhancers, Inc. (BSEI), located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, received the distinguished recognition as the 2013 fastest growing private manufacturing company in sales in Mississippi by Inc. Magazine and placed #2 in the nation.

 

BSEI was founded in 2007 after co-founder and entrepreneur, Wayne Wade, had been experimenting with alternative agricultural products since 2001. Wade believed that a more effective and sustainable solution to increasing crop performance was needed. BSEI recruited two researchers from Michigan State University to develop the award-winning SumaGrow formulation. LEARN MORE

SOUTHERN MISS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR TO ATTEND THE IEDC ANNUAL CONFERENCE


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MSED Director, Dr. Chad R. Miller, will be attending the 2013 Annual International Economic Development Conference in Philadelphia, October 6-9, to connect with alumni, meet potential students, identify new faculty candidates, attend the BEDC Directors meeting, and present research on transportation and economic development. His panel, Integrating Multi-Modal into Competitiveness, which includes MSED Alum, John Hubbard, Executive Director of Balch Springs Economic Development Corporation, is 7:30 am to 9:00 am on Wednesday, October 9th. 

JOB OPENINGS  


Economic Development Director, City of Gulfport, MS... VIEW POSITION

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UPCOMING EVENTS  


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

Join us at the MSED tailgating tent located at the southeast corner of Pride Field in front of the Payne Center Saturday, October 5th at noon for the Florida International Game at 3pm.
 
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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