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November 23, 2015
Startup Weekend at Southern Miss

Over 20 workshop attendees participated in Startup Weekend at the USM Trent Lott National Center. Startup Weekend is a global event started by Google for Entrepreneurs, and it was the first ever Startup Weekend in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Aspiring entrepreneurs and creative individuals registered with the idea for hopeful startup business, and they participated in a weekend packed with business development, creative marketing, and the chance to compete for the best business concepts. 

Participants consisted of students and faculty from Southern Miss, students from Mississippi State University, and members of the general community who wanted to participate in a team environment focused on starting a business. 

Of the seven ideas people presented Friday night, four top-notch ideas made it to the final presentations Sunday afternoon. Each presenting team received prizes to continue developing their idea. The final four ideas were, "Eat At Home," "Nerd Alert," Home Game," and "Appointment Reminders." 

Clarence Hulse of the Economic Development Corporation of Michigan City Re-Elected to IEDC's Board of Directors
Contact: Akia Garnett

The Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has re-elected Clarence Hulse, Economic Development Corporation of Michigan City, IN, to its Board of Directors for a two-year term.
Appointments were announced at IEDC's 2015 Annual Conference, which was held October 4-7, in Anchorage, Alaska.
"As the world's leading membership organization for professionals in the field of economic development, IEDC's work has become vital to the global economy," said IEDC Chair-elect Barry Matherly, CEcD, FM, president and CEO of Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. "It is an honor to serve on the Board and I look forward to working with Clarence Hulse and the other members to provide leadership and service to IEDC. We will continue to move forward in fulfilling IEDC's goal of delivering quality information, education and outstanding development opportunities to its members."
Recognized as a visionary leader in the community and economic development profession, Hulse is known for his passion and talent in implementing and executing a community's vision. His diverse background includes achievements in performance management, affordable housing, strategic planning, redevelopment, marketing, business recruitment, project financing and building community partnerships. In his current role as the executive director of the Economic Development Corporation of Michigan City, IN, his main objective is implementing the new Economic Development Action Initiative developed by community stakeholders engaged by Crowe Horvath LLP.
Hulse earned his B.S. at Harding University in public administration, magna cum laude, and an M.S. in economic development from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. In his spare time, the Belize native keeps up with current events-global and national, travel, art and music festivals, Roman and Greek history, biographies, golf and fishing.

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Human Capital Development Professor 
Applies Corporate Experience to Classroom Instruction

Dr. Dave Vance, Professor of Human Capital Development, is featured in the latest edition of Southern Miss Now. Dr. Vance is known for his real-world application style of teaching. He believes that the most rewarding part of teaching is watching students' reaction as they absorb new concepts and ways of thinking. 

Dr. Vance, teaches concepts that worked well in talent development at Caterpillar, Inc.  Before retiring from Caterpillar, Dr. Vance served as Chief Economist providing economic outlooks, sales forecasts, market research, competitive analysis, and business information. He also founded Caterpillar University to align employee's initiatives to the organization's overall goals.  Dr. Vance conveys new concepts and ways of thinking focused on real-world applications of important learning and talent development concepts. 

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