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April 27, 2015
Gray Swoope to Serve as Keynote Speaker at True South

Gray Swoope, President and Chief Executive Officer  Vision First Advisors in Tallahassee, Florida, will serve as keynote speaker for the True South Economic Development Course scheduled from September 21-24, 2015 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Swoope is a recognized leader in economic development and has served both the public and private sectors for more than three decades. He has held leadership roles for a variety of organizations, as well as managed successful economic development entities.


True South Basic Economic Development Course targets working professionals interested in economic development fundamentals and graduate students pursuing a Master of Science in Economic Development. It is IEDC accredited and covers topics such as Trends in Community Development, Managing Economic Development Organizations, Marketing and Attraction, Business Retention and Expansion, Ethics in Economic Development, Economic Development Finance, Transportation Infrastructure, Small Business Development, Entrepreneurship, Workforce Development and Strategic Planning. Registration is now open.

MSED Student to Intern with IEDC This Summer
Serge Zelezeck, a current international student in the Master of Science in Economic Development (MSED) program has been offered an internship with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in Washington DC beginning June 2015. The IEDC is the world's largest membership organization serving the economic development profession, with over 4,600 members, and a network of over 30,000 economic development professionals and allies. He has also been offered accommodation at the prestigious International Student House, a historic landmark right in the heart of DC and founded by the Quakers in 1936 to foster intercultural exchange and global connections. 

Serge hails from Cameroon in Central Africa and worked during the past 6 years in Pretoria, South Africa, for the Local Economic Development Network of Africa (LEDNA) - An Africa-wide program tasked with promoting the practice of economic development in Africa. His background is in Law and holds a Master degree in that field. Serge has been working in economic development since 2008 and looking forward to a career in this exciting profession. Serge has lived, worked or visited 15 countries - 11 in Africa (Cameroon, Chad, Gabon, Morocco, Mozambique, Swaziland, South Africa, Senegal, Mali, Ethiopia, Somalia); 3 in Europe (Sweden, Denmark, Germany) and the USA. He speaks four languages: Yemba, French, English and Portuguese. He strongly believes that Economic Development has the potential to be a game changer in Africa provided it is pursued there, as he says, with "disruptive-entrepreneurship-like vision; creatively reinvented it in the light of our unique local assets and challenges; and fully drawing lessons from our past 50-year failed experience with top-down (macro-economic) development approaches." Serge says that this is an exciting challenge he is keen to contribute towards.
Collaboratory Tenants Host USM Delegation
On April 13, 2015, tenants of the Biomedical Business Collaboratory in Canton, Mississippi hosted a delegation of USM faculty and administrators to discuss potential projects involving public and private sector partnerships.  The Collaboratory was opened in fall 2014 with intent of fostering business growth and job creation specifically focused on the healthcare industry. USM's team consisted of representation from College of Health, College of Business, and College of Science & Technology.  The visit was the beginning of an on-going dialogue of how the university's research and training expertise can support the needs of the tenants. 

Register Now for MSED Fall Classes

For registration information contact Dr. Chad Miller at 601.266.6666 or [email protected] or visit our website.



Time Offered

Course Offered

Smr 1 2015



May 25 to June 23

ED 731 Stages of Technology Development 

Dr. Sumesh Arora

This course provides the student with instruction in the various stages which are required for a scientific principle to be converted into a usable technology and ultimately be adopted by the end user.  This course looks at not only the process of technological advancement, but also considers the financial aspects and capital requirements to move ideas to marketable products.  This course will appeal to scientists, researchers, technologists or engineers who are working on developing new technologies on one hand and to economic development and business students on the other hand who are interested in learning about mechanisms for funding technology development and how that impacts a community. 

Smr   2015



May 25 to July 15

ED 665 Tourism and Service as Economic Development

Dr. Bill Smith

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of the mechanisms used by ED professionals to create and sustain tourism and service-based economies. Amenity, heritage, and asset based development models will be discussed. Focuses on methods for attracting tourism, hospitality, and gaming businesses as target sectors for economic development. Includes a study of ecotourism and the gaming industry.

First Eight Week (8W1) August 19-October 9

Fall 2015 

In-Person #4: Sat 8/22 to Sun 8/23

Online Sessions (Thursdays 7-9pm):  8/20,8/27, 9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8

ED 646 Marketing and Business Development for Economic Development (3 semester hrs)*

Dr. Bill Smith

Reflective Practitioner: Robert Ingram

The course provides the student with instruction in concepts and practices associated with marketing, business recruitment, and business retention and expansion in economic development.

Fall 2015

In-Person #2: 9/21-9/24


ED 701 True South IEDC Basic Economic Development Course  (3 semester hrs)

Dr. Chad Miller

An introductory course exposing participants to the fundamentals and practice of creating jobs, increasing wealth, improving the tax base, and enhancing a community's quality-of-life, the first step in pursuing professional certification. This course also satisfies the IEDC course requirement for Introduction to Economic Development.

Second Eight Weeks (8W2) October 12-December 4

Fall 2015

In-Person #3: Thur 11/12 to Fri 11/13

Online Sessions (Tuesdays 7-9pm): 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1

ED 727 Sustainability and Community Development for Economic Development (3 semester hrs)

Dr. Roberto Gallardo

The course provides the student with instruction in the importance of sustainability and community development in economic development.

Fall 2015 

In-Person #1: Sat 11/14 to Sun 11/15 

Online Sessions (Thursdays 7-9pm): 10/15, 10/22,10/29, 11/6, 12/3

ED 736 Real Estate and Land use Planning for Economic Development (3 semester hrs)

Dr. Chad Miller

Reflective Practitioner: John Hubbard

The course provides the student with instruction in concepts and practices associated with real estate, planning, and law in economic development.

Southern Miss Economic Development | [email protected] | 118 College Drive #5191
Hattiesburg, MS 39401-0001