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September 20, 2016
Catch Up on the MSED Program at IEDC
MSED Program Director, Chad R. Miller, Ph.D. Associate Professor in the College of Business, will be at the International Economic Development (IEDC) Conference in Cleveland from Sunday September 25 to Wednesday September 29 to present and catch up with alumni. His panel on transportation and site selection moderated by Mary Ann Moon, CEcD, VP for Economic Development and Marketing of Tice Engineering will be on Wednesday September 28th from 9:15 - 10:45 am.  Also, on the panel are Jay Garner, President of Garner Economics, LLC, Lindsey M. Myers Senior Consultant/Director at McCallum Sweeney Consulting, and MSED alum, John Hubbard, CEcD, Executive Director of Stephenville Economic Development Authority.
MSED Data Supporting Economic Development Consultants
Tucson Roberts of Tucson/Atlantic Consulting and Robert Ingram of Common Sense Economic Development LLC are partnering on cutting edge aerospace analyses, with Southern Miss providing data support. Graduate students in the MSED program, trained in the use of leading economic development data analysis tools, interact seamlessly with the consultants to quickly and efficiently provide the needed data.
The data provided by Southern Miss allows the consultants to analyze hundreds of factors that drive aerospace location decisions and to develop community specific recommendations related to maximizing recruitment potential. The Southern Ohio Port Authority, representing Portsmouth and Scioto County, OH, is the latest beneficiary of the collaborative work of Southern Miss and the Consultants through the presentation of the Greater Portsmouth Aerospace Assessment and Marketing Plan.
Simpson County Target Industry Analysis
As their capstone project, Sean Moody and Venkatesh Kaza conducted a target industry study for Simpson County, Mississippi. They utilized the Clemson University Regional Economic Development Research Laboratory (REDRL) approach and additional analysis of industry publications, including LexusNexus and IBISWorld. This analysis indicates that Simpson County should target industries related to Natural Gas Distribution, Light Truck and Utility Vehicle Manufacturing, Freight Transportation Arrangement. In order to attract these industries to the region, the students recommended that Simpson County Development Foundation reach out to related industry associations, organizations, and site selectors, form a regional partnership with neighboring economic development organizations, establish connections with university and higher education institutions, collaborate with youth and young professionals within the community, and solicit input on future economic development initiatives and strategies from the community.
MSED Lean About the Forest Products Industry
The Mississippi Forestry Association and the USM Student Economic Development Association (SEDA) hosted a tour to learn about the forest products industry in Mississippi.  They toured Hood Industries plywood manufacturing facility in Beaumont, MS and Molpus Timberlands Management, LLC. Molpus currently has total assets under management of more than $1.5 billion with approximately 1,550,000 total acreage and its operational headquarters is in Hattiesburg. Mississippi is a heavily forested state with 18.6 million acres of forestland (62% of the state's land area). The total economic impact of forestry and the forest products industry is $14.8 billion. The industry accounts for nearly 5% of all jobs in the state. They also learned about the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the renewable nature of the industry.
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