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Soft-spoken steel man Tommy Dulaney well-respected in his industry

Tommy Dulaney is well-respected statewide for taking an initial $60,000 investment in Meridian’s Structural Steel Services in 1975 into a business today that specializes in building structural steel for power plants, steel mills and other industries worldwide. But while building SSS into a business employing 330, Dulaney has found time to volunteer, including serving as chairman of the Mississippi Economic ...

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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 time to study the issue ...

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All Things Money Conference to feature MEC's Blake Wilson

Entrepreneurs will hear from one of the top economic development officials in the state at the All Things Money Conference set for Wednesday, Jan. 30. The program will be held at East Mississippi Community College’s Douglas Building Lyceum from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Blake Wilson, president and CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council, will be the keynote speaker, and ...

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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 on MEC activities,” said Jerry ...

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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 that are coming to our ...

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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 Aberdeen district, which educates students ...

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MEC hosts 'A Capital Day' for business community

Speakers address energy, education and health JACKSON – Members of the business community gathered at the Marriott hotel in Jackson today to hear Gov.-elect Phil Bryant’s agenda for economic development and the details of Blueprint Mississippi, a report on improving the state’s economic health that is sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) and other groups. Bryant assured the crowd ...

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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 Action Leadership Institute from the ...

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MEC hopes new ‘Blueprint’ as successful as first

Latest Blueprint Mississippi unveiled at the annual A Capital Day event last week In 2004, the Mississippi Economic Council rolled out Blueprint Mississippi and pointed toward two major initiatives: improving education and the tort climate in the State of Mississippi. There were tangible successes. Education funding increased in the years after, and tort reform, after much political haranguing, was passed. ...

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