Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Economic Council’

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 […] [...]

Jason Dean joins Butler Snow Advisory

Jason Dean, Ph.D., president of Fidelis Policy Group, LLC, has joined Butler Snow Advisory as senior vice president of economic development and public policy. He will be located in Butler Snow Advisory’s Jackson office. Fidelis serves in various leadership and administrative roles with many organizations around the state, including the Mississippi Broadband Connect Coalition, Mississippi […] [...]

Mississippi’s economic development evolution

In the 1930’s Mississippi marketed itself to manufacturing companies to relocate or expand to the state in return for incentives to do so. Since then economic development in Mississippi has evolved into a comprehensive activity involving numerous government and nonprofit organizations whose purpose is to increase the wealth of the state and its communities and […] [...]

MEC elects officers

Tommy Dulaney, president and CEO of Structural Steel Services Inc., has been elected as the 2011-2012 Mississippi Economic Council chair. Jerry Host, president and CEO of Trustmark, was elected to serve as the 2012-13 MEC chair. Haley Fisackerly, president and CEO of Entergy Mississippi, was chosen as the 2013-14 MEC chair. Carl Chaney, president and […] [...]

MBJ Editorial: Education remains atop state’s business wish list

Nearly eight out of 10 Mississippi business leaders (79 percent) believe our state can experience the same type of economic success as other high-growth Southern states. That is according to a report on the results gathered during in the Mississippi Economic Council’s Blueprint Mississippi Road Show. More than 2,000 took part in the electronic voting […] [...]

Mississippi leaders see opportunity to match success of Georgia, N.C.

More than three out of four of Mississippi’s business and civic leaders believe the state in coming years can duplicate the economic success achieved by Georgia and North Carolina. At the same time, however, nearly half think their children must leave Mississippi to find a “good job.” Those are a pair of key findings of […] [...]

Scholars program making waves

In a rare instance of win-win, Mississippi businesses from Olive Branch to Ocean Springs are increasingly emphasizing a need for students to become scholars. Specifically, Mississippi Scholars, that is. The Mississippi Scholars Program is a rewards and recognition system designed to provide high school students who elect to participate within guidelines that will help them […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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