West Alabama-East Mississippi Mayors’ Regional Summit

November 8, 2011


Political and business leaders in Mississippi are gearing for Wednesday’s West Alabama-East Mississippi (WAEM) Mayor’s Regional Summit.

The event is hosted by the WAEM Mayors Network, a group of mayors from west central Alabama and east central Mississippi who meet quarterly to discuss common issues and opportunities. The event is sponsored by The Montgomery Institute and the Walmart Foundation.

The event will be held at the MSU-Riley Center in Meridian. Doors will open at 9:00am.

Bill Crawford with the Montgomery Institute in Meridian forwarded Business Blog the following agenda.


Nov. 9, 2011, MSU-Riley Center, Meridian, MS

8:45 a.m. – Doors open. Reserved seating only.

9:45 to 9:50 – Call to order, pledge of allegiance, and prayer.

9:50 to 10:05 – Welcome by Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry and Butler Mayor Ben Smith and introductions of other Mayors and special guests.

10:05 to 11:05 – Governors Robert Bentley and Haley Barbour will make opening comments, then engage in facilitated dialogue including responses to submitted questions.

11:05 to 12:00 – Seth Hammett, chairman of the Alabama Economic Development Alliance and vice president for business development for Power South, and Blake Wilson, president of the Mississippi Economic Council,  will make opening presentations about Accelerate Alabama and Blueprint Mississippi strategies and relate them to the current situation and future possibilities for West Alabama and East Mississippi. Opening remarks will be followed by dialogue including responses to submitted questions.

12:00 to 12:15 – Break for Lunch

12:30 to 12:40 – Welcome and comments by Phyliss Anderson, Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (pending).

12:40 to 1:00 – Remarks by Mariia Zimmerman, deputy director for the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

1:00 to 1:25 – Remarks by Dr. Eric Clark, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, about workforce and post-secondary issues and opportunities, particularly for East Mississippi, and responses to submitted questions.

1:25 to 1:45 – Remarks by Alabama State Representative Pebblin Warren about workforce and post-secondary issues and opportunities, particularly for West Alabama, and responses to submitted questions.

1:45 to 2:15 – Remarks by U.S. Representative Gregg Harper of Mississippi about Washington decisions that will affect this region and responses to submitted questions.

2:15 to 2:30 – Final comments and adjournment.


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Stephen McDill joined the Mississippi Business Journal in 2008 after working in radio and television. He is a graduate of Belhaven University and has won awards for his writing and photojournalism from the Associated Press and Mississippi Press Association.

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