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May 11, 2015

Summer Employment Opportunities Abound for MSED Students

The spring 2015 semester finished on Friday May 8th and the summer has started for Southern Miss. A number of MSED students have finished their regular classes and are off to their internships or starting new jobs.  This year again we had more job openings and internship opportunities than we had students to fill these positions. We would like to thank all the organizations that are employing our students. We will have another excellent group of students next summer so please contact us early for new hires. 


Zeke BaucumStone County Economic Development Partnership
Daniel JayroeArea Development Partnership of Hattiesburg
Tanner JonesBaldwin County Economic Development Association
Alex DoleacPensacola's Community Economic Development Association
Kaitlin HortonHarrison County Development Commission
Thomas KernMississippi Development Authority
Serena WilliamsKaty Area Economic Development Council
Serge ZelezeckInternational Economic Development Council
End of the Year Message from the Coordinator of the Masters of Science in Economic Development Program
It is hard to believe that another year has passed so quickly. This is a good time to reflect on our accomplishments and what still needs to be done to make the Master of Science in Economic Development the leading program in the nation. It is the second year of our new curriculum taught in an executive format geared toward working practitioners and preparing students to be highly competent for employment in local/regional economic development. We emphasize how to respond to RFIs, and we require the students adopt an actual community that they continue to work with during the course program.  Another program outcome we emphasize is the importance of students becoming established in a professional ED network. So we bring in numerous guest speakers, encourage students to attend professional networking events, and partner academically-qualified instructors with seasoned economic development professionals (Reflective Practitioners). Our professionally-oriented adjunct instructors receive the highest student ratings and have been with us since the roll out of the new curriculum. Data analytics is a priority of the College of Business, so we partner with Economic Modeling Specialists Intl and Cloud Nine Solutions Microsoft Dynamics CRM to teach students to use data-driven economic development tools.  We are attracting a high caliber of student, but need to recruit more to meet the market demand for new professionally trained economic developers. The MSED program continues to make progress even in these times of shrinking higher education budgets, and a lot of this is due to the continuing support of the economic development community, alumni, and our advisory council. We have been successful in securing external funding to compensate for reductions in university assistantship funding, but we have additional need to find more innovative ways to fund graduate student apprenticeships. We are seeking more sponsored research projects and partnering with EDOs to have graduate assistants working for them while enrolled in the MSED program. If you know of someone who has finished their undergraduate studies and is looking for a more rewarding career tell them to contact either myself ([email protected] or 601-266-6666) OR ([email protected] or 601-266-4657).  We have excellent opportunities to fill throughout the U.S.  We are looking forward to a new cohort of future economic developers in August and welcome your input and insight. 
ICSC Membership for Southern Miss

Responding to increased demands from Mississippi communities for retail analysis, the Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship has become a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).  As an ICSC member, the TLNC will have access to the member databases and libraries as well as access to scholarships for graduate, undergraduate and continuing professional education programs. MSED students in ED 722 Economic Development Theory & Research Methods learn how to assess the size and shape of community's trade area using Reilly's Law with power (gravity) by sales, employment, and square footage, trade area capture, pull factors, traffic count mapping, trade (sales) potential, location quotients of retail, and population-employment ratios. This is the type of data that retailers need to know when making their location decisions. Many communities across Mississippi are looking to attract and develop retail in order to keep dollars in the community, lessen leakage, and improve quality-of-life.  A key component of this attraction effort includes a retail analysis of which the TLNC can help the community prepare. 

New Data Suggests Some Places Promote Income Mobility
Recent research from Harvard using "big data" examined millions of families who moved to study how neighborhoods affect upward mobility. They found that every extra year of childhood spent in a better neighborhood seems to matter, particularly for children who moved before they were teenagers. The younger children were when they moved, the better they did. Children were less likely to become single parents when they grew up, were more likely to go to college and to earn more.  Across the country, the researchers found five factors associated with strong upward mobility: less segregation by income and race, lower levels of income inequality, better schools, lower rates of violent crime, and a larger share of two-parent households. The effect available transportation on social mobility is stronger than factors like crime, test scores or the percentage of two-parent families. Economic development implications are the need to develop  transportation options to get people to work and to encourage poor families with children to move to better neighborhoods and give them financial support to make the move.  The New York Times has developed an interactive map so counties can see how they do with mobility. The map shows that if you're poor and live in the Gulfport area, it's better to be in Stone County than in Hancock County or Jackson County.
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