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MSED Alumni and Friends Tailgate September 5th

The Student Economic Development Association (SEDA) is planing a tailgate for the USM vs. Mississippi State game on September 5th. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for a great time of fun and networking. The game starts at 9pm. Stay tuned for more details. 
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June 22, 2015

Alumni Spotlight with Paula Delcambre

Paula Delcambre, is the Assistant Director of Economic Development for the Harrison County Development Commission located in Gulfport, Mississippi. In this position, she is responsible for managing economic development projects, assembling data, and processing incentives for new and expanding industry. These responsibilities lead to the creation of new capital investment and jobs for the citizens of Harrison County.

A native of Harrison County, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Science in Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies she began her career in political science serving as a Legislative Assistant for former U.S. Representative Gene Taylor of Mississippi. As Legislative Assistant her duties focused on legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to environmental and fisheries, education, housing, and banking. Subsequently she was afforded the opportunity to represent the freight rail industry in Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas to encourage the increased use of freight rail. She then returned to Capitol Hill to work as a Professional Staff Member for the House Committee on Homeland Security where she interacted with stakeholders; federal, state and local public officials; senior Administration officials within the DHS including the Administrator; and all levels of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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MPI Named Madison Career and Technical Center's Business Partner of the Year
From Southern Miss Now
The Mississippi Polymer Institute has received the "Madison Career and Technical Center's Business Partner of the Year" award for 2014-2015. 

MPI and The University of Southern Mississippi's School of Polymers and High Performance Materials (SPHPM) work closely with and in support of the 11 polymer science high school programs throughout Mississippi.


MPI and SPHPM partner with and support the state's programs by assisting in student recruiting and retention efforts, providing teachers' continuing education, keeping teachers and students abreast of new technologies and processes, and implementing new programs throughout the state.


The two-year high school level polymer science program offers an excellent opportunity for students to gain a starting foundation of knowledge in high performance materials technology, science, and engineering. It also prepares and trains Mississippi's future workforce in various high tech fields. The programs are intended to train high school students in cutting edge materials science and are in support of a combined role towards economic development efforts to attract and retain high tech companies to Mississippi. View entire article

Mississippi Cities Moving Up Best Cities for Job Creation Rankings

NewGeography.com completed a study, the Best Cities for Jobs 2015, that examined job creation momentum in large, medium, and small sized metro areas. They used five measures of short-, medium- and long-term job creation, going back to 2003 from  Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly employment data. Even though Mississippi cities are far down the rankings, a number are jumping up the rankings.  Hattiesburg at 110 of 258 small-sized cities jumped up 21 slots since last year.  In the medium-sized city category, Jackson moved up 24 positions to 54 and Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula moved up 52 places to #92. Nationally, job creation momentum is the strongest in tech-oriented metropolises and Sun Belt cities with lower costs, particularly the still robust economies of Texas. One of the biggest resurgent stars in past rankings, New Orleans-Metairie, dropped 17 places to 43rd due to the loss of energy sector jobs. 

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