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2 C 0 1 1 H A I 2 0 R S 1 2 M E S S A G E Blueprint Mississippi has created an action strategy that will be transformational for our state. During the past year, the Mississippi Economic Council was instrumental in helping develop this important strategic initiative designed to ensure a more vibrant and prosperous Mississippi. TOMMY DULANEY STRUCTURAL STEEL SERVICES, INC. PRESIDENT CEO One of the most important aspects of Blueprint Mississippi was the tremendous input from business

whole, as well as key concerns from all regions. The large participation in developing Blueprint Mississippi highlights the type of cooperation that exists among leaders and shows what can be accomplished when we work together to position Mississippi for progress. I had an opportunity to visit with many of you during the meetings held across the state, and at the major MEC events held throughout the year. Your interest in this project provides assurances we will achieve great things through a un

Recognizing Mississippis cultural and historical heritage, the 62nd MEC Annual Meeting honored the fact that all trails lead to Mississippi. The meeting included a special tribute to Governor Haley Barbour, as well as the announcement of the planned satellite GRAMMY Museum at Delta State University in Cleveland. MECs 201011 Chair Jack Reed Jr. handed the reins to 201112 Chair Tommy Dulaney. Highlighting the days events were musical performances by Homemade Jamz blues band and the Williams Brothe

HOBNOB MISSISSIPPI The 2011 MEC Hobnob Mississippi provided a chance for all statewide candidates to make one final pitch to more than 1,500 leaders from throughout Mississippi just days before the general election. Held under the Big Top tent at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, Hobnob Mississippi has become a mustattend political event. The day provided a nonstop morning of speeches from the major party candidates for all eight statewide elected offices. Governor Haley Barbour m

CAPITAL DAY MEC Capital Day provided a chance for business leaders from throughout Mississippi to meet with newly elected statewide and legislative officials. The final Blueprint Mississippi report was also unveiled at Capital Day. MECs longstanding tradition of holding the event on the first week of the legislative session gave the more than 1,200 leaders in attendance a chance to hear about what was ahead in the 2012 session. Governor Phil Bryant highlighted the morning session, and Lt. Govern

LEADERSHIP MISSISSIPPI Leadership Mississippi, a program endowed through a generous contribution by the late J.C. and Annie Redd, is designed to expose Mississippi leaders to other communities, allowing them to create the bond of fellowship and networking that extends beyond other Leadership Mississippi participants. Each year, Leadership Mississippi travels across the state, meeting with local and state officials on issues vital to moving Mississippi forward. The class looks at a variety of iss

MEC PROGRESS TOUR AND BLUEPRINT MISSISSIPPI Business leaders throughout Mississippi had the opportunity to participate in the MEC Progress Tour, which provided additional details on the goals and recommendations of Blueprint Mississippi. The goals were initially unveiled during a threecity rollout in October. The Progress Tour visited 12 cities during November and December. In all more than 1,900 leaders took part in the 15 meetings, which outlined key elements of Blueprint Mississippi and all

Cornerstone Sponsors The Barksdale Foundation Robert M. Hearin Foundation Keynote Sponsors The Phil Hardin Foundation Corporate Sponsors Dr. Hank Bounds, Commissioner of the Institutions of High Learning, discusses the findings of the Blueprint Mississippi report. Rhea WilliamsBishop of the Mississippi Center for Education Innovation discusses the importance of early childhood education. Dr. Carolyn Myers of Jackson State University, MEC Past Chair John McCullouch and MEC 201112 Chair Tommy

PUBLIC EDUCATION FORUM MISSISSIPPI SCHOLARS The Mississippi Scholars program was created to encourage students to take a more rigorous curriculum. The program uses local business volunteers to make presentations to students in the 8th grade and above about the program and its requirements. There are 80 school districts currently participating in the Mississippi Scholars program. Since the program began, there have been more than 17,000 students who have graduated as a Mississippi Scholar. A sp

EDUCATION CELEBRATION More than 250 STAR Students and STAR Teachers were honored at the 2011 Education Celebration, which is part of the MEC Annual Meeting. To become a STAR Student, a student must have scored at least a 25 on the ACT and have at least a 93 GPA. Each student selects a teacher who has been a positive influence to be their STAR Teacher. Scholarships are funded entirely by the Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. Charitable Foundation, Inc. The Education Celebration honors Mississippis top high

LEGISLATIVE SCRAMBLER The MEC Legislative Scramblers continue to give members a way to connect with legislative leaders and provides them a Meaningful Voice at the Capitol Without Leaving Their Desks. Scramblers allow for casual conversations and brief presentations from legislators. During the 2012 session topics included the budgeting process, transportation, education and economic development. In addition to MEC members, legislators and guests being able to attend a breakfast at the Mississip

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 2012 MEC LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES The Mississippi Economic Council Board of Directors listed MEC Priorities for the 2012 session. Priority issues are established using MEC member input through surveys taken during statewide tours. The results of those surveys are carefully considered when determining priorities each year. The priorities are Support of Blueprint Mississippi Recommendations on Charter Schools Allow for conversion to charter school status of any school that for t

MEC ANNUAL MEETING SPONSORS SUPPORTER SPONSORS 2012 Area Development Partnership The Calvert Company Cornerstone Government Affairs EastGroup Properties MINACT Incorporated NeelSchaffer, Inc. The Clay Firm DALE Partners ARCHITECTS P.A. Delta Council Gulf Coast Business Council GulfSouth Capital, Inc. Mississippi Diagnostic Imaging Center Mississippi Energy Policy Institute Parkway Properties, Inc. Ross Yerger Insurance, Inc. StateStreet Group, LLC Valley Services, Inc. Waggoner Engineering, I

LEADERSHIP SPONSORS 2012

MEC ANNUAL MEETING SPONSORS CORPORATE SPONSORS 2012 Mississippi Economic Council The State Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 23276 Jackson, MS 392253276 Phone 18007487626 or 6019690022 Fax 18887172809 or 6013530247 www.mec.ms

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