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The 2013 Basic Community Economic Development for Elected Officials workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, December 11th at the Trent Lott National Center. The workshop will also be hosted by the MSU Stennis Institute on December 18th in Starkville. Local elected officials are encouraged to participate to learn about recent trends in economic development. USM is partnering with the MSU Stennis Institute, Mississippi Municipal League, and the Mississippi Association of Supervisors.

Guest speakers for the Hattiesburg workshop include:

  • Dr. Bill Smith, Chair, USM Economic Development and Tourism
  • Chad Newell, Executive Director, Area Development Partnership
  • Stacy Pair, Southern District Director, MS Main Street Association
  • Steve Whitt, Executive Director, Biloxi Innovation Center
  • David Nichols, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Biloxi
  • Major Craig Sumrall, Mobilization Officer, Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center
  • G.E. Aviation Case Study Team:
    • Stacy Lester, Economic Development, Mississippi Power
    • Tim Waldrup, Mayor, City of Ellisville
    • Greg Butler, Director, JCJC Advanced Technology Center
    • Ty Posey, Extension Projects Specialist, Mississippi Polymer Institute
    • Nate Beach, Plant Leader, GE Aviation Ellisville Plant


John Hubbard has been employed in Texas local government for more than 25 years, in the communities of Plano, Lucas, Fairview and Lancaster. He is currently the Assistant City Manager for Community and Economic Development at the City of Balch Springs, Texas. During his three-year tenure in Balch Springs, he has served as the executive director of the city's Economic Development Corporation, which has been involved in the successful completion of more than 45 projects, creating 500 jobs in Balch Springs. 


John graduated from the MSED Program in May 2013. "The executive format at USM is a great way for working professionals to pursue their degree in economic development while still connecting with other students in the program." John is a doctoral student in The University of Southern Mississippi's Human Capital Development program. He holds certifications as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP), and Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED). CONTINUE READING  


Adjunct MSED Professor and MSED alumni, Dr. Roberto Gallardo led a Mississippi State University Extension Service team that has developed profiles in an effort to provide a quick socioeconomic county snapshot for local officials, economic developers, and other stakeholders. 

Multiple variables are included such as components of population change, total population, race/ethnicity, per capita income, per capita market income, poverty rate, and others. Profiles can be accessed at

There is also an iOS app available to download from the iTunes store.


For the first time ever, Mississippi hosted the annual Southeast U.S.-Japan (SEUS) conference under the leadership of Governor Phil Bryant and the Mississippi Development Authority. SEUS-Japan was originally established in 1975 to promote trade, investment, understanding, and friendship between Japan and the seven member states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. 
Mississippi's theme for the event, "Success through Harmony, Tradition, and Innovation" drew one of the largest crowds to ever attend the annual meeting. The conference agenda included remarks from governors or their designees from each of the member states; challenges and best practices faced by private sector companies; and competitiveness in the global marketplace. 
Governor Bryant's welcome statement acknowledged Japan as Mississippi's number one source of foreign direct investment. He expressed the need for partnering together to create innovative solutions and better economic opportunities for all our citizens. 


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Executive Director, Stone County Economic Development, Wiggins, MS...VIEW POSITION  
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Director of Research - Economic Development, Central SC Alliance, Columbia, South Carolina...VIEW POSITION
Economic Development Coordinator, Balch Springs Economic Development Corporation, Balch Springs, Texas...VIEW POSITION
University of Missouri is looking to hire several regional community development extension specialists VIEW POSTINGS or VIEW HERE
Executive Director, Holmes County Development Commission, Holmes County, Florida...VIEW POSITION

Vice President - Economic Development,
Denison Development Alliance. Sherman/Denison, Texas area... VIEW POSITION


MDA and MEDC to host Twitter Tuesdays around the state December 3, 10, and 17thLEARN MORE
The Trent Lott National Center at The University of Southern Mississippi and the Stennis Institute at Mississippi State Unicersity present the Basic Community Economic Development for Elected Officials Workshop on December 11, 2013 and December 18, 2013. LEARN MORE
The Polymer of Science Waterborne Symposium will be held February 24 - 28, 2014 at the Sheraton in New Orleans, LA. LEARN MORE
Logistics, Trade, and Transportation Symposium 2014 Theme: Southeastern Opportunities and Challenges on February 26-27, 2014 in Gulfport, MS... LEARN MORE


True South IEDC Basic Economic Development Course September 15 - 18, 2014.
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