Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Economic Council’

State’s struggling road builders conflicted by study committee

Late in the last legislative session, state lawmakers approved a resolution to form a study committee to look into the issue of funding for road and bridge work. It seemed that Mississippi’s struggling road builders had finally caught a break. But now local roadbuilders are wondering if the study is a positive step or not […] [...]

Waller makes MEC go

by Published: May 10,2013

Tags: MEC, Mississippi Economic Council, Scott Waller

Former journalist carves out  new, successful career at the MEC Making the career transition from journalism to economic development turned out to be not that much of a stretch, says Scott Waller, senior vice president of public affairs for the Mississippi Economic Council, the state chamber of commerce. It’s all about building relationships, he said. […] [...]

Highway revenue study committee to start work in May

One of the last things the Senate did before adjourning the first week of April was pass a resolution forming a committee to study revenues and expenditures deemed necessary to expand and maintain Mississippi’s highways. The committee will have 19 members, and its findings will be presented to the entire Legislature next session. Members have […] [...]

MEC steps back from Medicaid expansion argument

The Mississippi Economic Council, the statewide business organization that produced a “blueprint” for Mississippi health care last year, is staying out of the intense legislative debate over whether to expand Medicaid to around 300,000 of the state’s working poor. With the issue unlikely to be resolved without a special session, the MEC will have more […] [...]

Host elected to board

by Published: February 22,2013

Tags: Gerald Host, Mississippi Economic Council, Trustmark Corp

Gerard R. Host, president and CEO of Trustmark Corp., has been elected to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s board of directors. His term runs through Dec. 31, 2015. Host joined Trustmark in 1984 and has served as COO, executive vice president and CFO; chairman of the board of Trustmark Financial Services Inc.; executive vice […] [...]

Blake Wilson makes MEC truly statewide with roadshows, technology

The Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) is the face of business, acting as a statewide chamber of commerce. And the face of MEC is president and CEO Blake Wilson, who will celebrate 15 years with MEC in January. “Blake is like the Eveready bunny on speed when it comes to the amount of energy he expends […] [...]

Road commissioner open to options other than increasing pump prices

Mississippi’s tax on a gallon of gasoline went from 15 cents to 18 cents in 1987 and has stayed that way ever since. Of that 15 cents charged pre-1987, 6 cents was a sales tax that was dropped and replaced by an additional 9 cents on the gallon gasoline tax, said Dick Hall, a member […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Advocates want more flexible charter school bill

Charter school advocates believe this is the year for Mississippi to make progress in school choice through more flexible charter school legislation. In his first State of the State address, Gov. Phil Bryant said now is the time for Mississippi to pass a “workable” charter school law. A 2010 law passed by the state Legislature […] [...]

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