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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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MEC polling finds growing support for education, training for workers

Business leaders more likely to be optimistic on state economy than voters, survey finds. Mississippians don’t want the state to let up on efforts to create an educated and well-prepared workforce, a Mississippi Economic Council survey of 600 business people and voters shows They’ve witnessed the state roll up successes such as automakers Nissan and Toyota and other large manufactures. Now ...

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MEC ‘voice’ a positive force for Mississippi

A look back in the archives of the Mississippi Business Journal, it’s easy to find example after example of what the Mississippi Economic Council means to the business fortunes of this state. As one Mississippi businessperson put it, the MEC is, “A respected institution whose ideas and input and help and support are sought out on virtually every public policy ...

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Q&A: Blake Wilson, President-CEO, Mississippi Economic Council

‘The voice of business’ When Wilson talks, the state’s top business ears listen Blake Wilson is president of the Mississippi Economic Council, serving as only the third executive of the state chamber of commerce in 50 years.  The Delaware native served previously as executive vice president for the Florida Chamber of Commerce before coming to the MEC in 1998.  Before ...

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We must look beyond the Toyota headlines

Editor, Mississippi is often characterized as a whole by a single negative statistic that generates a convenient headline. As little effort is made to look at the whole picture, our state and our people are often mischaracterized by those who don’t know us. As a native of Delaware, when I first announced to friends I was moving to Mississippi to ...

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Wilson gets it

  MEC president understands link between education and business Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) president Blake Wilson understands the important link between education and the business community. That understanding has not gone unnoticed by others. Hank Bounds, commissioner of the State Institutions of Higher Learning, said Wilson, who has spent more than 15 years working with various statewide chambers of commerce, ...

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