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April 10, 2017
Summer Economic Development Assistance Available

If your organization has need of a summer economic development intern, consider hiring a student completing a degree in Economic Development. All MSED students are required to complete a 300 hr internship under a mentor. The internship offers students educational opportunities where they apply theory to practice and can be a valuable addition to an economic development organizations (EDO). Students starting their internship have completed their classwork so are able to:  
  • Respond to site selection request for information (RFIs) enquiries
  • Analyze workforce characteristics using EMSI and Chmura Jobs EQ
  • Conduct economic impact analysis using IMPLAN
  • Analyze retail development, target industries and industrial clusters
  • Input and organize company information  using Microsoft Dynamics 365, Cloud Nine | Economic Developmentā„¢
  • Understand the operations of highly successful EDOs
If your EDO could use summer help, contact Dr. Chad R. Miller via email Chad.R.Miller@usm.edu or call 601-266-6666.
Registration is Now Open for True South 2017

The  International Economic Development (IEDC) accredited True South Basic Economic Development Course will be held September 11-14 in Hattiesburg. The four day course includes expert economic development speakers, interactive simulation exercises, and a tour of real estate development in Historic Downtown Hattiesburg and technology based economic development at the Accelerator .  The keynote speaker for the course will be Jubal Smith , who is an Executive Vice President and leader of Jones Lang LaSalle's Business Incentives and Site Selection Practice. The course can be taken for both professional and graduate academic credit as ED 701. Early bird registration is Early Registration is $600 before July 14, 2017. There are scholarships available including the MS Power Scholarship, which opens in July. For more information contact Tasha May at 601-266-5507 or tasha.may@usm.edu.
Hattiesburg City Council Candidate Inducted Into Graduate School Hall of Fame

The University of Southern Mississippi honored the contributions and accomplishments of its graduate students through the Graduate Schools third annual "Graduate School Appreciation Week," April 3-7. The week is kicked off by the unveiling of the Graduate School Hall of Fame on the second floor of the McCain Library and honors outstanding students for their research. The students are nominated by the deans from each of the university's academic colleges.
MSED student and candidate for Hattiesburg City Council, Jeffrey George, was selected by the Graduate School as the College of Business 2016-17 Graduate School Hall of Fame honoree for his contributions to USM through outstanding research; academic and scholarly accomplishments; and attitude/character.  His portrait will be included in the Graduate Student Hall of Fame in McCain Library for the next year. "It's an honor to be inducted into the Graduate School Hall of Fame and be recognized for the research work I have done while working on my master's degree," George said. He continued, "Southern Miss has so many talented graduate students that are working on exciting and innovative research, so for my work in economic and workforce development to be recognized really means a lot to me."
Jeffrey's research in economic development has focused on studying economic and workforce trends to identify potential opportunities for workforce development, which will help the state of Mississippi to better prepare for our future. His research has focused on identifying the high demand industries to determine opportunities for education and training at the high school, technical college, community college, and university levels. Other research conducted includes the economic impact of various companies on the state and local economy of the areas in which these companies are located.
Jeffrey is originally from Covington, Louisiana and currently running for City Council in Hattiesburg to represent Ward 1.
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