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Stars come out as sun sets on MEC’s Wilson era

By JACK WEATHERLY Blake Wilson bade farewell Thursday to the Mississippi Economic Council after 19 years of leading the state chamber of commerce. Wilson’s retirement, effective June 16, as only the third director of the 68-year-old organization, added a dimension to the annual meeting at the Jackson Convention Complex, which drew more than 2,000. The growth of the organization under ...

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Waller ready to take reins of MEC

By JACK WEATHERLY There have been only three directors of the Mississippi Economic Council in its 68 years. Soon there will be a fourth. Nothing is official, but Scott Waller, an 11-year veteran of the MEC, the state chamber of commerce, in February was named interim president and chief executive effective May 1. The same day, the MEC announced that ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: MEC has supported tax cuts, tax increases

The highly influential Mississippi Economic Council is touting a House proposal that will take about $50 million out of the state general fund at a time when state tax collections are declining and multiple state agencies are facing cuts and layoffs. MEC believes that money should be diverted from the general fund to a program to improve what the business ...

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Swartzfager NAEE president

Selena Swartzfager, president of the MS Council on Economic Education has been elected as President of the National Association of Economic Educators.  Swartzfager served two terms as treasurer prior to being elected as president. The National Association of Economic Educators is the professional association of economic educators with a mission to advance economic and financial literacy by serving educators. Swartzfager ...

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Waller to be interim CEO for MEC as Wilson Prepares to Retire

Scott Waller has been named Interim President & CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council effective May 1, in preparation for the planned retirement of 19-year CEO Blake Wilson on June 16, after a 47-year career, 37 in association work. A native of Shubuta and a graduate of Mississippi State University, Waller is in his 11th year on staff at MEC, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Reader says sales tax best for funding roads and bridges

“Sales tax is the only fair tax we have,” wrote a reader. “Can you find out how long it would take for a two percent sales tax increase to fund restoration of our highways and bridges?” Hmmm. Let’s quantify the issue. The MEC/Blueprint Mississippi report entitled “Ramping Up Mississippi’s Economy Through Transportation” identified what’s needed to restore our highways and ...

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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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