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March 20, 2019
Meet SEDA Member Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson IV, from Jackson MS, is a graduate research assistant at the Trent Lott Center. He is pursuing a Master of Science in Sport Management with an emphasis in Economic Development. Robert received his undergraduate degree in Communications with in emphasis in Marketing from Jackson State University. Working closely with Dr. Chad Miller, Robert has performed extensive research for the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Laboratory . This research includes analyzing and comparing the supply chain in fully developed shale regions, understanding the way the severance tax from the surrounding areas is allocated throughout the community, and understanding the correlation between oil production trends and new business development in selective areas.

After completing the program, Robert's goals include being an Athletic Director for a major division one institution or working in the front office for a professional sports organization.
Come join the Student Economic Development Association (SEDA) at the 2019 Baseball Tailgate on March 22 at 4pm in the right field Roost. Your Golden Eagles will face off against the Old Dominion Monarchs. SEDA has purchased a block of tickets to the game. Please RSVP to Heather.N.Brown@usm.edu and secure your tickets TODAY!
Graduate Research Assistant Teaches Honors Undergraduate Class

Graduate Research Assistant Jennifer Hooper recently visited Dr. Chad Miller's Honors 303 Seminar, "Creative Thinking to Improve the Mississippi Economy." As a guest-teacher, Jennifer led the students in a SWOT analysis for the state of Mississippi. Jennifer assisted students in identifying internal strengths and weaknesses for Mississippi and interpreting them into external opportunities and threats. The students actively gave feedback on what they feel are the state's strong and weak assets, such as low cost of living as a strength and poor health as a weakness. The students then explained how those assets can either be threats for the state or create opportunities for improvement. Jennifer gave valuable insight and creative ideas were shared among class members that will help to prepare them for their final project- a strategic plan for the state of Mississippi. 

Fall 2019 Research Assistantship Positions to be Awarded Soon

The Master of Science in Economic Development (MSED) Program and the Trent Lott National Center will be hiring begging in April for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Graduate Research Assistants (GRA). The best candidates will be selected from those accepted into the Master of Science in Economic Development Program to begin work in August. The positions include a 13 hour per semester tuition waiver and a monthly salary. The GRAs will work 20 hour per week throughout the Fall and Spring semester on real-world community research projects including economic impact studies, strategic plans, and labor market analysis. Some of the assistantships will be funded by the Department of Defense to work on supply chain resilience issues and another by the Department of Energy on hydraulic fracturing workforce issues. Those interested in the opportunities should start by applying for the MSED program by applying  here .
Summer Course- Economic Development for Defense Communities
The military and defense industry is a significant driver of economic development in communities throughout the country. Dr. Ed Bee, Adjunct Professor in the College of Business and Economic Development and President of   Taimerica Management Co., will be leading a course this summer on how communities can capitalize on the defense economy.  This fully online course, which runs June 3, 2019 to July 29, 2019, is designed for economic developers whose economy is defense dependent and military personnel involved with civilian affairs, logistics, and procurement. This graduate course can be taken as an elective for the Master of Science in Economic Development Program or other graduate program as well as non-degree seeking for those not enrolled in a graduate program.
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