JACKSON — Because of inclement weather conditions expected on Thursday, the Mississippi Economic Council’s 12th Annual Hobnob Mississippi will be held at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.
“The good news is The Coliseum floor footprint is actually even a little larger than our tent — and there is still plenty of room in the wings for those who want to Hobnob and only listen periodically to the program,” the MEC said in a statement released Tuesday morning. “Plus there is plenty of free parking right at the Coliseum!
“Everything will be the same — the only difference is, we will be inside where it is dry!”
Speaker of the House Philip Gunn will kick off a morning of non-stop activities. Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will cap off the morning’s speeches, appearing just prior to the special entertainment provided by the Capitol Steps at noon. Hobnob attendees will also hear form Attorney General Jim Hood, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, State Treasurer Lynn Fitch, Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney and Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith.
According to the release, “Severe weather is not actually expected until later in the day, but National Weather Service forecasters tell us we could get a little wet in the morning with scattered showers — so it just makes sense to go inside. Thanks to State Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith and her team for getting personally involved and helping us put our weather plan in place…and to our vendors and staff who are making it happen.”
The day starts with registration at 8:30 a.m., and will feature special insight from newly-elected mayors who recently served in the legislature, as well as highlight Mississippi’s two professional golf events. The traditional Hobnob luncheon feast will be adding two new items to the menu this year – fried chicken and greens.
The “Providing a New Perspective — Moving from the State Capitol to City Hall” panel focuses on the different roles Mayor Kelvin Buck of Holly Springs, Mayor George Flaggs of Vicksburg and Mayor Billy Hewes of Gulfport have following the transition to their new offices at City Hall. The panel will be moderated by Jack Reed Jr., former Mayor of Tupelo and an MEC Past Chair.
As a bonus, Hobnob will provide a special look at Mississippi’s two professional golf events – The Sanderson Farms Championship and The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Attendees will get a chance to learn more about the important role both events have on Mississippi’s economy and their charitable impact.
The Capitol Steps, a Washington, D.C.-based comedy troupe, are returning to Hobnob with their special brand of political humor. Their song parodies and skits are designed to satirize the very people and places that employed them on Capitol Hill. Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, Fiscal Shades of Gray.
For information on registration go to www.mec.ms
The 2013 Hobnob Mississippi Agenda is:
9:15 – Welcome and Introduction
9:20 – The Honorable Philip Gunn, Speaker of the House
9:30 – The Honorable Cindy Hyde-Smith, Commissioner of Agriculture
9:40 – The Honorable Mike Chaney, Insurance Commissioner
9:50 – The Honorable Lynn Fitch, State Treasurer
10:00 – Providing a New Perspective – Moving from the State Capitol to City Hall
- Mayor Kelvin Buck – Holly Springs
- Mayor George Flaggs – Vicksburg
- Mayor Billy Hewes – Gulfport
- Jack Reed Jr. – Moderator
10:25 – The Honorable Jim Hood, Attorney General
10:35 – The Honorable Delbert Hosemann, Secretary of State
10:45 – Highlighting Gulf Resort Classic and Sanderson Farms Classic
- Brent Christensen – Executive Director, Mississippi Development Authority
- Joe Sanderson Jr.- Chairman and CEO, Sanderson Farms
- Jim Richmond – Vice President of Corporate Communications, C Spire
11:15 – MEC Chair Haley Fisackerly, President and CEO of Entergy Mississippi
11:20 – Dan Rollins, President and CEO of BancorpSouth – Blueprint Mississippi
11:25 – The Honorable Tate Reeves, Lt. Governor
11:40 – The Honorable Phil Bryant, Governor
Noon – Capitol Steps
Lunch to Follow Capitol Steps Performance
PLEASE NOTE: Times are Subject to Change