JACKSON, Mississippi — While speaking today to nearly 2,000 business leaders from around the state at the Mississippi Economic Council’s annual Hobnob event, Gov. Phil Bryant proclaimed November as Innovation Month in Mississippi.
“Mississippi’s economy grew by 2.4 percent in 2012, marking the first time the state’s economy surpassed $100 billion,” Bryant said. “This growth would not be possible without the innovative ideas and approaches that shape a business climate that is conducive to job growth and expansion. Economic development is a dynamic team sport, which means we must collaborate and be adaptable to market changes and industry trends.”
The proclamation highlights Innovation Month events around the state, including:
· Nov. 4: Chevron Refinery’s 50th Anniversary celebration in Pascagoula.
· Nov. 8-10: Startup Weekend Natchez at the Alcorn State University Natchez campus.
· Nov. 12: Mississippi Broadband Connect Coalition’s 3rd Annual Summit in Jackson.
· Nov. 12: Innovate Mississippi’s Annual Company & Investor Spotlight event in Jackson.
· Nov. 12-13: Innovate Mississippi’s 14th Annual Conference on Technology Innovation with the theme, “Invent Your Future,” in Jackson.
· Nov. 13-14: Pathways to Prosperity Conference for eighth graders to explore career options in Biloxi.
· Nov. 17-19: 36th Annual Southeast U.S.-Japan Association (SEUS-Japan) Meeting with the theme “Success through Harmony, Tradition and Innovation” in Biloxi.
For more information about Innovation Month, to view the proclamation, or for a complete list of events, visit www.msinnovationeconomy.com.