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Mississippi Power recently hosted a Polymer Fam Tour featuring polymer-related industries and services offered in south Mississippi.  Fam Tours are intended to bring key business leaders to Mississippi to "familiarize" them with economic development opportunities. The Polymer Fam Tour included visits to USM's Department of Polymer Science, The Accelerator, and a plant visit to G.E. Aviation in Ellisville. MS Power periodically coordinates Fam Tours to showcase Mississippi's business-friendly development opportunities. Pictured: Dr. Brian Brister, Director of Mississippi Polymer Institute at Southern Miss, talks to a group about polymers at the Accelerator.     


The Mississippi Municipal League's Executive Committee met in Starkville, MS to set priorities for 2013-2014. MML Executive Director, Shari Veazey, requested assistance from Joy Saucier (MS Power), Shannon Campbell (USM Trent Lott Center), and Mitch Stennett (Jones County EDA) to help facilitate the retreat. Mayor Tim Waldrup kicked off the planning session with a welcome and introduction of participants. The executive committee participated in a DiSCİ leadership assessment followed by a systematic review of key services offered by MML. Committee members made suggestions that sought to continually improve the format and delivery of the Certified Municipal Officer certification, the Small Town Conference, and the Annual Conference. 


MML is the official non-profit private organization of cities and towns of Mississippi. The MML lobbies the state and federal legislatures, provides education for municipal elected officials, provides technical support, represents municipalities with public and private entities, and is a networking media for municipal members. 


Fifty economic developers, MSED students, and other professionals interested in economic development completed the 2013 True South International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Basic Course held at the Accelerator at Southern Miss.  The program covered ten essential skills for economic developers and included a tour of the NASA Stennis Space Center federal city and Katrina recovery in Bay St. Louis.  Numerous experts were brought in as speakers including Gray Swoope, President & CEO of Enterprise Florida, Scott Martinez, President of the North Louisiana Economic Partnership, Jay Moon, former IEDC President and President & CEO of the MS Manufacturers Association, and Brent Christensen, Executive Director of the Mississippi Development Authority.  
The success of the program was due to the strong advisory board led by Angie Collins, South Mississippi Regional Manager for MDA and the programs numerous sponsors. The sponsors include: Mississippi Manufacturers Association, North Louisiana Economic Partnership, Mississippi Development Authority, Glory Bound Gyro Co., Mississippi Gulf Coast Alliance for Economic Development, The Area Development Partnership, Mississippi Power, and Mississippi Economic Development Council. 
The 2014 True South course is scheduled for September 15-18th. More information will be available next year. 


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MDA will be hosting a site development road tour on October 22, 2013 for local economic developers. They will be announcing a site development grant program. For more information contact Angie Collins at
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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