GULFPORT - When 35 economic developers from
throughout the Southeast gathered in Gulfport for a continuing education
course, they knew they were improving their abilities to impact their
communities through economic development efforts. What they might
not have known is that they were also impacting the economy of the
city of Gulfport.
Findings of a recent impact study conducted by the
Center for Community and Economic Development at The University
of Southern Mississippi indicate that attendees of the New South
Economic Development Course spent more than $16,000 during their
stay in Gulfport.
During the course, held Sept. 26-30 at the Grand Casino
in Gulfport, the attendees spent more than $8,000 on hotel expenditures
and more than $4,600 on food. Other general expenditures were estimated
to be almost $3,500.
In addition to contributing to local businesses, the
course also contributed to the economy through sales tax collections.
Over $1,100 was collected in total sales tax, of which approximately
$210 will be rebated to the city of Gulfport.
The NSEDC is an annual course for economic developers
interested in improving their areas. The 2004 course was sponsored
by The University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi Power
and was coordinated by the CCED. Next year's course will be held
Oct. 9-13. For more information about this and other courses, contact
the CCED at (601) 266-6067.