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January 21, 2014
Limited Seats Left for the 2014 Economic Outlook Forum 
We are filling up quickly, seating is limited and pre-registration is required! Register Now

The College of Business and The Trent Lott National Center at The University of Southern Mississippi announce the upcoming 2014 Economic Outlook forum sponsored by The First, ANBA. It will be held at the Thad Cochran Center on January 23 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m
Alumni Spotlight Larkin Simpson
After successful completion of his Masters degree in 2008, Larkin Simpson continued to work as an Economic Development Project Manager for the Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission in Bay St. Louis where he completed his internship. Larkin's primary role was to actively recruit business and industry to the Mississippi Gulf Coast while showcasing the unique assets in Hancock County such as the Stennis Space Center.
In 2010, Larkin left the Gulf Coast to join the Jones County team. Currently serving as the Jones County Chamber of Commerce Director and a Project Manager in Jones County, Mississippi (Laurel), Larkin is active in his community in both a professional and volunteer role. Always recruiting, selling and championing, Larkin is proud to invite people into one of Mississippi's best small towns!

Dr. Sarah Morgan Interviewed by NBC Learn

Polymer research at The University of Southern Mississippi is once again the subject of national media interest. Dr. Sarah Morgan, associate professor of polymer science at the university, was recently interviewed on the Hattiesburg campus by Stephen Anderson of NBC Learn, a division of NBC Universal, Inc. Morgan was asked about the use of low-friction polymers in the making of suits used by competitors in Olympic events that depend on speed for success in competition. NBC Learn is the educational arm of NBC News dedicated to providing resources for students, teachers and lifelong learners.

Visit NBC Learn at For information about the Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, including degree programs and research activity of its faculty and students, visit


*Article written by David Tisdale, Senior Writer with the Office of Communications at The University of Southern Mississippi.  

New Economic Development Theory & Research Methods Course Launched
The MSED program launched its new ED 722 Economic Development Theory & Research Methods course, which is a required component of the new curriculum.  The 17 students in the class completed the weekend in-person class and now have eight weeks of Thursday evening on-line classes.  In the in-person class, students received hands on training on economic impact analysis, retail analysis, use of library databases, and labor force analysis using EMSI Analyst. 
For their group project, the class conducted a feasibility study of reestablishing a grocery store in Itta Bena. In upcoming weeks the class will have web-based classes including guest speakers David Rose and Sean Lytle of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, Parker Bedsole of REMI, Bruce Lambert of the Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS), and Dr. Garrett Harper from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.
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