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SUMESH ARORA — Spread your wings: the Butterfly Model for successful public-private partnerships

In my last column I talked about the importance of public-private partnerships for spreading innovation.  In this column I will present a methodology for assembling such partnerships which may be used as a sort of check-list to ensure that the right players are at the table.  This is a two part article.  The first part discusses the framework for the ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Innovation in 2016 will incorporate public-private partnerships

As we look at what innovations we may expect to emerge across our state in 2016, I would like to share some of the topics which I encountered at the Rural Opportunity Investment Conference in Memphis and West Memphis, Arkansas on Jan. 11-12, 2016.  This conference was hosted by the White House Rural Council and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Keeping the lights on and growing jobs with solar energy

In my last column I shared the nationally acclaimed story about how the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center (MBMC) in Jackson kept its lights on in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina by relying on their combined heat and power system.  Another tiny ray of light, literally and figuratively, was the solar panel system installed at a home located on Mills ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Re-energizing after Hurricane Katrina

A s we mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and reflect on the past decade we hear many stories of courage, strength and of the unity we showed as a state.  One of the numbers which stood out in my mind was the number of people who lost electricity to their homes, offices or businesses: nearly four million, by some ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Is innovation contagious?

W hen we hear the word contagious, we often think in terms of a disease and how quickly it may spread among the population and whether it could eventually reach epidemic proportions.  The spread of any disease is not a desired outcome, but it usually occurs by direct or indirect contact form one person to another.  The good news is ...

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SUMESH ARORA — What makes you an innovator?

I nnovation has the power to transform lives and comes in all shapes, sizes and colors; from rural and urban areas; and in small steps and in giant leaps. Generally, when one thinks of innovation, the latest electronic gadgets or self-driving cars probably jump out as the most obvious examples. Innovation in Mississippi is actually evident in many areas of ...

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SUMESH ARORA: Building a culture of innovation — Part I

Our goal at Innovate Mississippi is to grow the state’s economy through innovation; consequently innovation is a word we use many times on any given day as we work with entrepreneurs, startups, manufacturers and existing industry across the great state of Mississippi. We have even worked with our partners in convincing Gov. Phil Bryant to proclaim November as Innovation Month ...

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FREE FROM APRON STRINGS — Brush with disaster leads Monroe Jackson to build a better apron

Monroe Jackson wants a business with no strings attached. The Jackson doughnut entrepreneur and survivor of a near-fatal workplace accident has added “innovator” to his life accomplishments. Next up is a marketing role for the inventor and winner of a design patent for a string-free apron he says will make working around machinery far less dangerous. It all started with ...

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Sweet potato research competition launched

PITTSBORO — What will be the next innovative sweet potato product found on grocery shelves across the county? Perhaps something invented by students at Mississippi State University. Gary Jackson, director of the MSU Extension Service, launched the Sweet Potato Innovation Challenge at the Sweet Potato Council’s annual meeting Jan. 10 in Calhoun County. “The growers told us they needed additional ...

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ERDC to furlough more than 1,000 workers due to federal sequester

VICKSBURG — About 1,050 employees at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg and three other locations expect to be furloughed one day a week beginning July 8 through Sept. 30. “Approximately 60 percent of the ERDC workforce is subject to furlough,” ERDC assistant director Alice Duke said in an email to the Vicksburg Post. “ERDC, in ...

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