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MEC taps Stephanie Patton, Edmond Hughes

The Mississippi Economic Council has announced the 2015 and 2016 officers for Leadership Mississippi. Stephanie Patton, Editor/Publisher of The Leland Progress, will serve as Leadership Mississippi Chair for 2015. Edmond Hughes, Vice President, Human Resources and Administration for Ingalls Shipbuilding, will serve as Leadership Mississippi Chair for 2016. Before purchasing the newspaper in 2011, Patton had a career in marketing ...

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MEC appoints officers Martha Cooke, C.D. Smith and Rebecca Wiggs

The Mississippi Economic Council has named officers for the Public Education Forum of Mississippi and M.B. Swayze Foundation for 2014-15. Martha Cooke, vice president of special projects at School Book Supply Company, has been elected as chair of the Public Education Forum of Mississippi for 2014-2015. Cooke will follow in the footsteps of her father, James Campbell, a founding member ...

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State’s Creative Economy potential to be focus of the MEC's annual meeting

Leaders from across the state are showing great confidence in the direction Mississippi is moving and in the ability to improve its economic competitiveness, the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) says in reporting on a survey done during the MEC’s Blueprint Mississippi Pathway to Progress Tour,. Business and community leaders rate Mississippi as a newly emerging growth state, higher than any ...

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Northington, Kilroy promoted

The Mississippi Economic Council has promoted Cathy Northington and Christi Kilroy to new leadership positions. Northington has been named vice president, programs and administration. Hired a decade ago as a part-time, entry-level employee, Northington worked her way up from the ground floor at MEC. Married with three children, she is a member of the Professional Women’s Association, Madison Ridgeland Rotary ...

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MEC stumping for support to curb Department of Revenue actions

The Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi Manufactures Association and a host of other state business groups have initiated a campaign they say is aimed at “reining in the state Department of Revenue.” The campaign is an attempt to increase legislative support for a pair of House and Senate bills, both of which have passed their respective bodies, that force the DOR ...

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Economic Council promotes Scott Waller, Vickie Powell

The Mississippi Economic Countil has promoted Scott Waller to executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Vickie Powell to senior vice president for foundations. Waller previously was senior vice president for public affairs. He is a Shubuta native and joined the MEC in 2006, where he oversaw public affairs, policy and communications. He is a graduate of Mississippi State ...

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Gov. Phil Bryant proclaims November as Innovation Month

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 ...

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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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Waller makes MEC go

Former journalist carves out  new, successful career at the MEC Making the career transition from journalism to economic development turned out to be not that much of a stretch, says Scott Waller, senior vice president of public affairs for the Mississippi Economic Council, the state chamber of commerce. It’s all about building relationships, he said. Waller, a graduate of Mississippi ...

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