Posts Tagged ‘Blake Wilson’

MEC continues to support education in a big way

The Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) has a long history of support and advocacy for education. All levels of education in Mississippi continue to be a top issue with the membership of this business and professional organization. “Without a strong educational foundation, we cannot provide the quality workforce needed to attract the middle-skill and higher-skill jobs […] [...]

State set to meet about Aberdeen school system

JACKSON — State officials have signaled they could be seeking to take over an eighth school district even as they consider fundamental changes to the process of state control, called conservatorship. Mississippi’s Commission on School Accreditation is scheduled to meet Wednesday in Jackson and appears poised to declare a state of emergency in the 1,400-student […] [...]

All grown up

Late last month, it was announced that two companies were leaving a large facility in Jackson. But the facility’s leadership is thrilled that these tenants are vacating the premises, so much so that they held a celebration to commemorate the event. On February 25, approximately 50 people gathered for the “graduation” of Navagis, LLC, and […] [...]

MEC hopes new ‘Blueprint’ as successful as first

Latest Blueprint Mississippi unveiled at the annual A Capital Day event last week In 2004, the Mississippi Economic Council rolled out Blueprint Mississippi and pointed toward two major initiatives: improving education and the tort climate in the State of Mississippi. There were tangible successes. Education funding increased in the years after, and tort reform, after […] [...]

MEC polling finds growing support for education, training for workers

Business leaders more likely to be optimistic on state economy than voters, survey finds. Mississippians don’t want the state to let up on efforts to create an educated and well-prepared workforce, a Mississippi Economic Council survey of 600 business people and voters shows They’ve witnessed the state roll up successes such as automakers Nissan and Toyota […] [...]

MEC ‘voice’ a positive force for Mississippi

by Published: October 17,2010

Tags: Blake Wilson, Jack Reed, Mississippi Economic Council

A look back in the archives of the Mississippi Business Journal, it’s easy to find example after example of what the Mississippi Economic Council means to the business fortunes of this state. As one Mississippi businessperson put it, the MEC is, “A respected institution whose ideas and input and help and support are sought out […] [...]

Q&A: Blake Wilson, President-CEO, Mississippi Economic Council

by Published: March 7,2010

Tags: Blake Wilson, Mississippi Economic Council, Q&A

‘The voice of business’ When Wilson talks, the state’s top business ears listen Blake Wilson is president of the Mississippi Economic Council, serving as only the third executive of the state chamber of commerce in 50 years.  The Delaware native served previously as executive vice president for the Florida Chamber of Commerce before coming to […] [...]

We must look beyond the Toyota headlines

by Published: February 21,2010

Tags: Blake Wilson, MEC, Toyota

Editor, Mississippi is often characterized as a whole by a single negative statistic that generates a convenient headline. As little effort is made to look at the whole picture, our state and our people are often mischaracterized by those who don’t know us. As a native of Delaware, when I first announced to friends I […] [...]

Wilson gets it

by Published: February 8,2010

Tags: Blake Wilson, Business, education, MEC

  MEC president understands link between education and business Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) president Blake Wilson understands the important link between education and the business community. That understanding has not gone unnoticed by others. Hank Bounds, commissioner of the State Institutions of Higher Learning, said Wilson, who has spent more than 15 years working with […] [...]

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