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MBJ Editorial I

U.S. Secretary of Commerce William Daley visited Mississippi last week as part of his department’s Trade Education Tour.

Daley, along with an entourage of Mississippi politicos and business and economic development leaders, talked with Hinds Community College (HCC) students about the positive impact NAFTA has had in Mississippi. He then traveled to Newton to visit the La-Z-Boy plant and Meridian to tour Peavey Electronics. The message at each stop was

simple: Mississippi is part of the global economy.

Daley is dead-on right. Mississippi, a state economically isolated for decades, is now a significant player on the world’s business and industrial stage.

And to stay competitive, it is critical that our business and political leadership remain focused with a “big picture”

perspective on economic

development.

Bright spots for the state are the Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development’s import/export efforts, programs like HCC’s International Trade Center, international business programs at our universities and grass-roots efforts like the International Trade Club.

We hope that international trade remains a robust component in the “Mississippi Miracle” for years to come.

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