Sponsored by The Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
SEDA Alumni Baseball Tailgate Saturday, April 5th vs. Middle Tennessee @ the Roost. Game starts at 2:00 pm
I-TED 2014 - International Transportation Economic Development Conference 
April 9-11, 2014 in Dallas, TX Learn More 
College of Health Spring Forum "Hattiesburg 'Midtown' : Health-Enhancing Economic and Community Development" April 15, 2014 noon -3 p.m. Learn More 
MEDC 2014 Summer Conference July 8-10, 2014, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, MS Learn More 
2014 SEDC Annual Conference August 3-5, 2014 in Memphis, TN Learn More 
True South IEDC Basic Economic Development Course September 15-18, 2014. Learn More
Job Openings

Executive Director, Shreveport, LA...View Position 
Transportation Planner II, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Arlington, TX...View Position
Consultant I, McCallum Sweeney Consulting, Greenville, SC...View Position
Extension Associate I, Mississippi State University. For questions Contact Beth Poganski 662-325-7491 View Position
Extension Educator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE View Position
Join Our Mailing List
Stay Connected

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter   View our profile on LinkedInView our videos on YouTube 
March 17, 2014
Dissertation Sheds Light on the Valley of Death for Technology Transfer

W.K. (Ker) Ferguson, Assistant Vice President for Research at the University of South Alabama, has successfully defended his Human Capital Development (HCD) dissertation, A Policy Framed Analysis of The Valley of Death In U.S. University Technology Transfer, chaired by MSED faculty, Dr. Chad R. Miller. The research found that the commonly held belief that a capital shortage in the mid-stages of technological development is the rate-limiting factor, preventing the maximum flow of university inventive knowledge from entering the marketplace is misplaced. A more apt metaphor than the Valley of Death is as a Darwinian Sea of survival of the economically fittest technologies. The research used content analysis of Congressional Records applying the Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF) along with historical federal and private sector research and development funding data.  The recommendations are that federal policy change from a focus on addressing a funding shortage to policies that directly influence the level of the threshold rate of return for commercialization and improve dissemination. 

Congratulations to the Department of Economic Development and Tourism Award Winners

Casino, Hospitality, and Tourism Award

  1. Outstanding Coast Scholar - Penny Lee Slatten
  2. Outstanding Junior Scholar - Lauren Denise Wilkinson Gaudet
  3. Outstanding Senior Scholar - Kelsey Rose Sunderman 
  4. Spirit of Hospitality Award - Jonathan Leighton Fritz 

Economic Development

5.  Outstanding Graduate Student in Economic Development Award - Suzett McIntosh

Comcast Lunch and Learn Forum Planned for Fall 2014
Mississippi has a robust oil and gas industry and through advances in hydraulic fracturing (fracking), the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) play in the southwest corner of the state is poised to experience a significant energy boom.  This has the potential to bring major economic development and entrepreneurial growth to the region, but also comes with potential risks. To help provide the knowledge needed to successfully leverage this opportunity, the Trent Lott National Center hosted the Comcast "2014 Spring Economic Development and Entrepreneurship in Mississippi's Energy Sector" Lunch and Learn Forum.  Over 90 individuals attended one or more of the luncheons.

The speakers covered a number of different perspectives on the oil and gas industry.  Dr. Matt Fry from the University of North Texas discussed the experience of Texas with balancing residential development and the needs of the energy sector.  He recommended that Mississippi communities adopt technically-based set-back ordinances that regulate the distance between gas wells, residences, schools, flood plains, etc.  Patrick Sullivan from the Mississippi Energy Institute noted that the "winners" of the energy boom will be those areas with access to low-cost energy supplies and transportation infrastructure that can move those supplies to rapidly emerging economic development opportunities in manufacturing. He recommended that Mississippi target energy-based manufacturing. The final presenter, Charlotte Batson of Tuscaloosa Energy Services, discussed the business and entrepreneurial opportunities created by the TMS.  She pointed out that it is not easy to get oil industry business, but now is the time that Mississippi businesses need to be taking the right steps to benefit from the coming energy boom.

Now we would like to get your input on topics for a fall 2014
Lunch & Learn Forum Series.  The tentative dates are the Fridays of October 10, October 17, and October 31 (Halloween). Please let us know your suggestions for entrepreneurial and economic development topics that are important to the region and to you. 
Southern Miss Economic Development | | 118 College Drive #5191
Hattiesburg, MS 39401-0001

Copyright © 2012. All Rights Reserved.