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February 27, 2017
Ingalls Shipbuilding's 2016 Economic Contribution in the State of Mississippi
Written by: Jeffrey George, Graduate Assistant

Ingalls Shipbuilding 's Office of Communications & Public Affairs commissioned The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) to conduct an economic impact study to provide information pertaining to the shipyard's overall economic impact on Mississippi and the Gulf Region. Ingalls is a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII).

This report identified the number of direct, indirect, and induced jobs created by Ingalls in the Gulf Region. USM ran economic multipliers to estimate the additional jobs, earnings, and personal income taxes supported in Mississippi's economy and the Gulf Region's economy, which includes Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida. Ingalls also reported the total amount of purchases of goods and services from Mississippi-based suppliers, which was used in the input-output model to determine the multiplier effect of these inter industry interactions.

Ingalls reported state, county and local government taxes and other contributions through a detailed list of expenses in order to help calculate the total economic impact on the state, county, and local municipalities. In addition to the company's net state income, franchise, and sales taxes paid, personal income tax generated in Mississippi was included to show its impact on the state tax base.

Finally, Ingalls and its employees engage in community relations through a variety of direct sponsorship's, fundraisers, and volunteerism. These contributions were used to determine the social impact of Ingalls through initiatives that support the community.
Pablo Diaz to Lead a Joint Consolidation Effort
Press release
Vicksburg, MS - 02/21/2017 - The Warren County Port Commission, The Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce, and the Warren County Economic Development Foundation jointly announced that Pablo Diaz, CEcD has been selected to led a joint effort to consolidate the three entities into one organization responsible for all economic development initiatives in Warren County.

Margaret Gilmer, Chairwoman of the Warren County Port Commission stated, "The selection committee is proud to announce Mr. Diaz as the new economic development leader for Warren County. Diaz quickly stood out during the selection proceedings by demonstrating an impressive knowledge of the economic development industry and process, along with a unique passion and enthusiasm about the many economic development assets in Warren County."

The selection committee included members of the Warren County Port Authority, members of the Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce Col. Brian Green, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering Research and Development Center, and Ed Gardner, the Economic Development Director for Entergy Mississippi.

Mr. Diaz has over 15 years of experience in the ED field working for a variety of communities in Florida and Mississippi. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Grenada Economic Development District in Grenada, MS where he is credited with turning Grenada into one of the most competitive economic development agencies in the State by assembling a skillful team and building multiple strategic coalitions that led to the announcement of over 1,000 jobs and the development of a new industrial park, among other accomplishments.  

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) named Diaz the "2012 Young Economic Development Professional of the Year' for his accomplishments as an emerging leader in the economic development industry. He holds a bachelors degree in Accounting and a Masters Degree in Economic Development from The University of Southern Mississippi. He is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute by the University of Oklahoma and a Certified Economic Developer by the IEDC.

His official starting date will be April 1, 2017.
The Human Capital Development Professional Development Series

YOU SPOKE. WE LISTENED and have "re-imagined" the very popular Training and Development Certificate Program. This Professional Development Series is designed for individuals new to professional development at Southern Miss or returning T&D Certificate Program participants. 

WE LISTENED. You asked for new professional development to help you reach your goals and this is it!

WE LISTENED. The Professional Development Series (PDS) includes relevant, requested, and research-based topics. According to you, the PDS session topics are THE most needed strategies to improve organizational performance through the talents of your employees. 

WE LISTENED. And some things are still the same. The sessions are facilitated by passionate, renowned, down-home experts! We remain committed to providing  practice opportunities and practical tools for immediate application in your workplace! And, of course, we still think learning should be FUN!

We hope you will join us! Sign up for one session, or better yet, all six. 
  • All sessions held on the USM Gulf Park Campus, Long Beach, MS (overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Mexico)
  • All sessions held on Thursdays 8:30 am - 4:30 pm & Fridays 8:30 am - 3pm
  • Cost $850 per session (10% discount for organizations registering two or more participants in the same session)
  • Students will receive a Certificate of Participation for each session
  • CEU documentation available upon request
  • Lunch on your own

Register today by calling Heather Annulis at 228-214-3494.


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