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October 19, 2018
Basic Economic Development Course 25th Anniversary 
The University of Southern Mississippi Master in Economic Development program hosted its 25th Anniversary of the  Basic Economic Development Course accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The basic course, now known as the True South Basic Economic Development Course, was once known as the New South Course.  It is held every year in September and this year forty-two economic developers and students participated in four days of presentations by economic development experts that culminated in a role playing scenario, "The Game." 

The course was sponsored by Mississippi Power, Area Development Partnership (ADP), Mississippi Coast Alliance, Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission, Mississippi Development Authority, and Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC). Scholarships to attend are offered through Mississippi Power, ADP, MEDC and donations made to the USM Foundation in memory of Chuck Ueltschey, and MEDC . This year's recipients were:

Charles 'Chuck' Ueltschey for Municipal and County Elected Officials Scholarship provided by Mississippi Power - Mayor Brian Gomillion, Town of Walnut Grove;  Councilman R. Lee Flowers, city of Gulfport; and Alderman at Large Donald Frazier, city of Long Beach. 

Charles 'Chuck' Ueltschey Family Economic Partner Scholarship - Michael Reso, city of Diamondhead, and Cindy Lamb, Pickering Firm, Inc. 

Ron Swager Scholarship for Practitioners New to Economic Development provided by Area Development Partnership - Meryl Fisackerly, Golden Triangle Development LINK. 

MEDC Scholarship - Jon Levingston, Clarksdale/Coahoma Chamber of Commerce. 

The 2019 True South Course will be held September 23-26, 2019, and registration will open this spring.
New Cohort of Graduate Research Assistants

With the start of the fall semester, the Master of Science in Economic Development (MSED) program has a new cohort of graduate research assistants to welcome. The following students will spend the next year working on applied community projects while completing their graduate degree. Click on each name to view and connect with them on LinkedIn. 

Graduate Assistant
Undergraduate Degree
Phoenix, Arizona
University of Southern Mississippi
Business Administration and Marketing
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
University of Southern Mississippi 
Business Administration and Entrepreneurship
Mobile, Alabama
University of Southern Mississippi
Hospitality and Tourism Management
Raymond, Mississippi
Jackson State University
Mass Communications
Moss Point, Mississippi
Jackson State University 
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
University of Southern Mississippi 
Industrial Engineering Technology and Logistics
Gulfport, Mississippi
University of Southern Mississippi 
German and Interdisciplinary Studies
Ridgeland, Mississippi
Mississippi University for Women
Defense Diversification Opportunities at Oceans in Action

The Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment funded Mississippi Defense Diversification Initiative sponsored Mississippi defense contractors to attend the Oceans In Action Workshop in Gulfport. This annual event features new technologies in the maritime industry hosted by the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology at Stennis Space Center, the Marine Technology Society, and the U.S. Navy Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. The event included briefings on new technologies and pier-side demonstrations of select technologies associated with the Advanced Navy Technology Exercise (ANTX). At the Port of Gulfport, participants watched demonstrations of new technologies, reviewed results of exercises recently held in the Gulf of Mexico, and toured recently-completed facilities, including the new University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Marine Research Center. 
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