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Economic Development and Entrepreneurship Spring Lecture Series February 21, 28, and March 7. See article for more information. 
Waterborne Symposium February 24-28, 2014 
Logistics, Trade, and Transportation Symposium February 26-27, 2014 Learn More
True South IEDC Basic Economic Development Course September 15-18, 2014. Learn More
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February 3, 2014
If you plan on attending the MEDC Winter Conference February 6-7, stop by our booth!!
Upcoming Economic Development and Entrepreneurship Lecture Series
The Trent Lott Center for National invites you to attend the spring lecture series entitled "2014 Economic Development and Entrepreneurship in Mississippi's Energy Sector." The lecture series will discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with the oil and gas industry in a lunch-and-learn format on three consecutive Fridays. 

Each lunch session will run from 11:45am to 1:15pm. The series will begin on February 21st with Matt Fry, Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas, addressing oil and gas extraction from an environmental perspective. On February 28th, Patrick Sullivan, Executive Director of MS Energy Institute will address trends on the horizon for Mississippi's oil and gas industries. Concluding the lecture series is Charlotte Batson, Owner of Batson & Company Energy Consultants on March 7th. Ms. Batson will highlight economic and entrepreneurial opportunities that are expected from the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale play. 

This is a free event but pre-registration is required due to limited seating. Register Here.
Logistics, Trade and Transportation Symposium has an Economic Development Focus 

The upcoming Logistics, Trade, and Transportation Symposium 2014 Theme: Southeastern Opportunities and Challenges February 26-27, 2014 in Gulfport, Mississippi at University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Park Campus has a lot to offer that will be of interest to the economic development community. The LTT Symposium will gather leading logistics, trade and transportation industry, government and research experts to exchange ideas on how to address the opportunities and challenges facing the U.S Southeast transportation system from the changing global economy. 


Some of the presentations that will be of particular interest to economic developers include "Where Site Selection and Economic Development Intersect" by Jay Moon, President & CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturing Association, and Dr. Buzz Canup, President of Canup and Associates and a panel discussing Logistics and Transportation based Economic Competitiveness.  There will also be a number of presentations on research that are of relevance to economic developers.  The symposium will also include port and airport tours and a chance to network with transportation and economic development professionals from across the nation. Register here.  

CEEE to Host High School Students
The Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education (CEEE) is hosting 120 Mississippi high school students on February 4 for an interactive event on youth business development. The symposium is the second in an annual series of statewide youth entrepreneurship events conducted as part of the Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP). It is focused on teaching market research, product validation, and business networking and etiquette. High school participants will use the presented resources to begin preparing for the Southern Entrepreneurship Program's upcoming regional business plan competitions held around the state. Sponsors and guest presenters for the event include the Mississippi Council on Economic Education, the Southern Miss College of Business, the Southern Miss Enactus chapter, BancorpSouth, and Innovate Mississippi. For more information visit the SEP website. 
Record Attendance at Economic Outlook Forum
The College of Business and The Trent Lott National Center at The University of Southern Mississippi recently held the 2014 Economic Outlook Forum sponsored by The First. With record attendance, the forum brought experts from banking, finance, and academia to examine and research a number of economic issues. 

The Economic Outlook forum hit on topics of the improvement in economic and employment growth in Mississippi as well as other areas of the Gulf Coast like Baldwin County, Alabama. More consumers are feeling a higher confidence in the current and future growth of the economy. 
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