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December 17, 2018
Happy Holidays from the Trent Lott National Center! The University will be closed from December 20, 2018 - January 2, 2019. Faculty/Staff will return on January 2nd and classes start back on January 24th. Have a safe and joyous holiday season!
Meet the SEDA President, Jennifer Hooper
A Bi-Weekly Student Spotlight

Jennifer Hooper, from Mobile Alabama, is the President of the Student Economic Development Association. She earned her bachelor's degree from Southern Miss in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Jennifer is interested in community and workforce development, tourism development and marketing communications. Jennifer hopes to make a career in the Las Vegas area, working to diversify the local economy beyond entertainment. During her time in the program, Jennifer has worked on projects including a feasibility study for a sportsplex in Grenada County and the Gulf Coast Business Council Place Making and Talent Attraction Report.
Defense Diversification Opportunities with the Airbus Supply Chain

As part of the Mississippi Defense Diversification Initiative funded by the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), graduate research assistant Shane Chadwick (now Business Intelligence and Marketing Manager at Florida's Great Northwest in Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Florida) prepared a study, Defense Diversification Opportunities with the Airbus Supply Chain.  His research concluded that there are opportunities for certain sectors of the aerospace industry to be near Mobile for the final assembly and painting process of the Airbus  A320 family of commercial aircraft. Mississippi can capitalize on communities with proximity to the Mobile Final Assembly plant by having suppliers in the maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO), and in the aircraft painting industries. The MRO military industry is a competitive industry that needs civilian market diversification opportunities. The research finds that there is potential to locate a defense related MRO facility in the Mississippi Gulf Coast region to support Airbus. This could be supported through collaboration with the St. Louis Regional Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, which is another OEA supported initiative.
ASPIRE Mississippi Provides Opportunities for Economic Growth
By Eric Wiggins, Graduate Assistant
A program by Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), ASPIRE Mississippi was developed to aid communities in their community development and economic development endeavors. By hosting training sessions across Mississippi, Aspire Mississippi is providing opportunities for city representatives to learn and apply concepts to their own communities. Past session topics have included Situational Analysis & Community Overview, Project Mapping, and Best Practices in Community Development.
Dr. Shannon Campbell traveled to Simpson County to represent the Trent Lott National Center at Session IV of ASPIRE Mississippi, discussing Best Practices in Economic Development. "MDA's ASPIRE Program is a great opportunity for a county's leadership to dig deeper into the opportunities and challenges they are facing," said Dr. Campbell. "They receive guidance and mentor opportunities from mentors and leaders who can provide guidance to them."
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