Posts Tagged ‘regionalism’

Supervisors OK with regional tourism, but questions remain

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County supervisors say they are sold on a regional concept for attracting visitors to the Coast. But there are still details to work out about how the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau will serve the county, how the county will pay and what will be a reasonable contribution. The […] [...]

Two Coast counties approve regional tourism board

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Supervisors in Harrison and Hancock counties have voted to support a regional tourism board that would promote the entire Gulf Coast. Jackson County supervisors discussed the proposal yesterday but didn’t vote on it, saying they need more information. Once approved by the three counties, The Sun Herald reports it would need […] [...]

MISO board approves Entergy, SMEPA as new members

HATTIESBURG and JACKSON — MISO’s board of directors has approved seven new transmission-owning members, as well as a new transmission-planning portfolio. The additions include six Entergy utility operating companies, including Entergy Mississippi in Jackson, along with Hattiesburg-based South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA). Full integration of Entergy and SMEPA is planned for December 2013. [...]

Towns join new regional economic development group

OKOLONA — The town of Okolona will join with a regional alliance to work to attract jobs to Chickasaw, Union and Pontotoc counties. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the group will recruit new industry and assist existing businesses with growth and economic development grants. The town of Houston also has joined the alliance. The […] [...]

Choctaw, Webster and Montgomery counties plan development partnership

When plans for a regional economic development organization in the Golden Triangle were unveiled last month, there was talk that similar set-ups would start to appear in other parts of Mississippi. Since Sept. 14, two have been made public. Chickasaw County officials decided in late September that they would pursue a partnership with Pontotoc and […] [...]

Regionalism is the way to go for development

Every so often, you have to step up and tell folks “attaboy!” In a story in the MBJ last week, Clay Chandler reported that government and economic development officials in the Golden Triangle unveiled a plan for an economic development cooperative they say will become the model of regionalism in Mississippi. The Golden Triangle Regional […] [...]

Read October 1 issue of MBJ

>> TRANSPORTATION Transportation commissioner Dick Hall on lonely campaign for better road maintenance— by Ted Carter Also in this week’s paper: >> MDOT Road commissioner open to options other than increasing pump prices— by Ted Carter >>RETAIL Whole Foods set to break ground in November— by Clay Chandler >> HEALTHCARE Analysis of Medicaid expansion under […] [...]

Officials to discuss regional economic development

MAYHEW — Officials from Oktibbeha, Lowndes and Clay counties are to unveil plans for new regional development initiative at a meeting Sept. 14 at East Mississippi Community College in Mayhew. In July, economic developers announced the formation of a steering committee representing the three counties charged with developing a partnership proposal by mid-September. Oktibbeha County […] [...]

Mississippi/Louisiana tourism summit to showcase creative economy

NATCHEZ — Officials say the Miss-Lou Regional Tourism Summit next month will showcase cultural arts as magnets for attractive visitors. The sixth-annual summit, focusing on tourism in Louisiana and Mississippi, will be held in Natchez Aug. 7-9. Topics will include the film industry, entrepreneurship, culinary arts and marketing and public relations. Rachael Carter, project manager […] [...]

Post-merger committee formed to explore regionalism

GOLDEN TRIANGLE — In light of the recent partnership formed between the Columbus Lowndes Development LINK and the West Point Community Growth Alliance, representatives from all corners of the Golden Triangle are now exploring the possibility of a regional economic development organization. To formalize the development leadership of Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties into one […] [...]

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