Geospatial technology cluster goes private
by Wally Northway
Published: September 3,2010
JACKSON — The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS) reports that management and support of Mississippi’s geospatial technology industry cluster has transitioned from the University of Mississippi to the private sector.
The cluster will now operate through a self-managed, self-funded program administered by the newly-formed Magnolia Business Alliance (MBA).
The university and the member companies agreed that a solid foundation for this industry has been established and the private sector is now best suited with the tools to effect the changes needed to grow the cluster even more.
“With tech markets in decline all around us, it is not a mistake that Mississippi’s geospatial companies have been successful,” said Craig Harvey, COO of NVision Solutions, located in NASA’s Stennis Space Center. “The State of Mississippi saw the benefit in fostering companies in the geospatial industry sector. The fact that we are here, stable, confident and still growing is a testament to that stewardship and the foresight of the State of Mississippi, Ole Miss and NASA.”
Mississippi’s geospatial companies, acting by and through the MBA, have established a 501C6, a Mississippi not-for-profit corporation. MBA will operate as a cluster and, along with their economic development partners at the Mississippi Development Authority, the Hancock County Development Authority, the Minority Business Enterprise Council, the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology and the Mississippi Technology Alliance, will support the continued growth of the geospatial industry in Mississippi as well as provide assistance and support for new high tech and cluster support businesses in Mississippi.
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