Established in March 2010, the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship (TLNC) is the leader in economic development for the state of Mississippi and beyond our state’s borders. We are driven by passion, determination and commitment to be a leading force in advancing global competitiveness through knowledge-led economic development.
The Southern Miss Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education (CEEE) is a recognized affiliate university center of the Mississippi Council on Economic Education and the national Council for Economic Education. The Center, housed within the university's Department of Economic and Workforce Development, directly promotes sustainable economic and community development through the provision of interactive entrepreneurship, business, and personal finance training to K-12 educators and students. Educator trainings offered through CEEE include the Master Teacher of Entrepreneurship (MTEnt) program, the Master Teacher of Economics (MTE) program, the Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP), the Stock Market Game, and Financial Fitness for Life. CEEE staff developed and continues to spearhead the statewide Master Teacher of Entrepreneurship program and Southern Entrepreneurship Program through a unique hands-on, interdisciplinary approach to entrepreneurship education. Beginning in 2007 as a pilot program in four Mississippi high schools, SEP has since grown to include more than 20 schools and has witnessed the creation of dozens of profitable student-owned small businesses. Additionally, the Center has effectively trained over 100 Mississippi middle and high school teachers as recipients of the state-approved MTEnt designation since 2011.
The Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) is a collaborative effort of the School of Construction and the Department of Economic and Workforce Development. The CLTT was created in response to private sector and governmental requests for research, outreach, and educational assistance in the areas of economic development driven transportation efforts. The CLTT is part of the Tier 1 National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) consortium.
The Jack and Patti Phillips Workplace Learning and Performance Institute (WLPI) at The University of Southern Mississippi serves as a research and outreach center for best practices in workplace learning and performance.