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Transportation breakfast

State Rep. Charles Busby, Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, was guest speaker recently for the Madison County Business League & Foundation Transportation breakfast. The panel discussed legislation and transportation infrastructure on a local, county, state and federal level. Pictured, from left, are MCBL&F Transportation Committee Chairman Ray Balentine, MDOT Assistant to the Commissioner Craig Carter, MCBL&F Government Relations Committee ...

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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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Wilson leaving MEC for next director to build on foundation

By JACK WEATHERLY Blake Wilson has continued to make the Mississippi Economic Council a statewide organization. As the third chief executive of the MEC, he said he has built on the foundation established by M.B. Swayze, who led the organization after it was established in 1949. “He went around the state. He had an old Valiant. Everybody told me about ...

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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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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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Waller appointed to board

Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, has appointed Scott Waller, IOM, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Mississippi Economic Council, to the National Board of Trustees. As a member of the trustees, Waller will help set the strategic direction of Institute and will take an active role in ...

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FORBES: Mississippi needs a dose of transparency at state department of revenue

A recent article in State Tax Notes details some transparency concerns at the Mississippi Department of Revenue that are (unfortunately) somewhat commonplace. For example, the department does not publish letter rulings, which can be useful in helping taxpayers understand the risk associated with a particular transaction. In general, taxpayers want to go into matters with eyes wide open, so the ability to ...

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State's bad bridges continue to raise concerns among officials

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mention highway safety and people have all sorts of ideas of what that means. To the Highway Patrol, it suggests expanding the ranks of state troopers. For the Mississippi Department of Transportation, it’s a well-maintained road system. For Mothers Against Drunk Driving, getting intoxicated drivers off the roads is the highest priority. And there are those against ...

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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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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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