August 13-17, 2018
The University of Southern Mississippi
Long Beach, MS
August 21-22, 2018
Courtyard by Marriott
August 22, 2018
USM, Hattiesburg, MS
September 10-12, 2018
Coeur D'alene, ID
September 12-14, 2018
September 17-20, 2018
USM, Hattiesburg, MS
Student Economic Development Association/alumni tailgate
September 22, 2018
Rice at Southern Miss
September 30-October 3, 2018
Early Charm Ventures
Sherman Economic Development Corporation
South Alabama Workforce Council
Limestone County Economic Development Association
Florida's Great Northwest
West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana
Alumni Spotlight with Larkin Simpson
Larkin Simpson, EDFP, IOM is the Division Leader of the Major Employers Division of the
Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance
(CLEDA), a non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of more and better economic opportunities in Central Louisiana. CLEDA focuses on business recruitment, retention and expansion; workforce development; entrepreneurial development and regional innovation.
As leader of the Major Employers Division, Simpson is responsible for recruitment, retention, and expansion of business within the ten-parish region. The Division is the primary contact for delivery of state managed services from the Department of Louisiana Economic Development throughout the region. The Division supports and facilitates the activities of the Central Louisiana Manufacturing Managers Council. In addition, the Division is responsible for the site certification process of industrial properties in the region.
Prior to joining CLEDA in 2017, Simpson, a Cleveland, Mississippi native, led the Economic Development Authority of Jones County (MS), Jones County Chamber of Commerce, and Community Development Foundation of Jones County as a Vice President.
Holding a master's degree in Economic Development with an emphasizes in Technology Led Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi and a bachelor's degree from Delta State University, Larkin has been recognized both on a state and southeastern regional level for his many accomplishments in economic and community development, leadership development, marketing and advertising, and organizational management. In addition to his academic achievements, Larkin also received his Economic Development Finance Professional certification (EDFP) from the National Development Council as well as his Institute for Organizational Management certification from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Using Datamyne Bill of Lading Data to Identify Foreign Direct Investment Opportunities
A bill of lading (BoL) is a document receipt for import and export shipment that includes information such as cargo, estimated value, shipper, origin, destination, and receiver. Through services such as
, BoL data is accessible and can be manipulated for analysis. There are a number of applications for this import/export data such as tracking market activities of companies, industries, and/or products or identifying export opportunities. It can also be utilized to identify targets for foreign direct investment attraction. With this data, major importers in a region and foreign companies supplying the region can be identified. With further analysis, foreign companies can achieve major cost savings by relocating nearer to their market. An example would be foreign auto parts manufacturers could greatly reduce their transportation costs by moving to be near original equipment manufacturers in the southeast. This approach, along with limitations, developed by Dr. Yuanyuan Zhang of the USM Center for Logistics, Trade, and Transportation was presented at the 6th International Transportation and Economic Development Conference in Washington, DC. To view the presentation click here.
Report Examines Commercial Opportunities for Military UAVs
The new Mississippi Defense Diversification Initiative (MDDI) report
Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Diversification Opportunities
prepared by research assistant Shane Chadwick identifies opportunities for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) designed for military usage in the public safety, transportation, infrastructure, agricultural, and defense export markets. According to the industry experts interviewed for this study, the agriculture industry could utilize military UAV sensors to scan large fields for irrigation and blighting and the possibly of localized pesticide spraying. Public safety and transportation agencies could utilize drones for situational awareness and video analytics to help law enforcement and other public services gain an understanding of emergency situations. Lastly, infrastructure that stretches over longer distances such as power lines and oil pipelines could take advantage of the long duration of military UAVs flight times, which could reduce the need to operate costly manned aircraft. However, achieving price competitiveness in commercial markets is difficult. For Mississippi, there are opportunities to expand current UAV production capacity and leverage UAV support infrastructure.